Now I can answer my urgent question at the beginning of my trips to India:

Yes, I can give something to Indians - and I get a lot back.

It is our German clear language, which also ensures clarity of thought.

We-cultures like the Indians often have a cloistered language that implies and elicits and is aimed at preserving the relationship.
I-cultures like us are usually in a nutshell. In extreme cases, however, we cultures risk indirect targeting and we risk relationships.

In my work with the officials of Indian authorities, the Indian society is clearly reflected:
Hierarchies, task orientation instead of result orientation, long decision-making processes. For me, this is a great learning - only if I follow these structures, I come to the goal. This is also the difference to a holiday in a foreign country: I set myself apart from the other culture only as much as I feel like. If, on the other hand, I want to bring about results and changes, then I have to set aside my beliefs and experiences and change my point of view, otherwise I will not feel my counterpart. "Be the change you want to make" - I feel this sentence of Mahatma Gandhi intensively in India. In his ashram (campus where he lived as a teacher = guru with his disciples) in Ahmedabad, the visitor can feel the spirit of this renovator.

I can enrich my participants and coachees because I face these people (and hopefully all people) with deep respect - even though there are many things that I do not understand and would not do.

Namaste is a greeting of the Hindi:
"I honor in you the divine spirit, which I also honor in myself - and I know that we are one."


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