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Friday Interview: Kanchan Prinsloo

Indian born, Canadian raised and now living in the UK, Kanchan is an international executive and a thought partner for women leaders. I had the pleasure to interview her this week.

You yourself are a migrant, can tell us how about how you adapted to a new country?

A key way for me to adapt in the UK is to be curious and courteous.  For me, this meant I followed my curiosity to learn about this new country, doing historical walks and attending as many local events.  Secondly, I always maintain courtesy in my verbal and body language.  I recognize it is very Canadian but I find being polite gives respect to the new culture I’m now a part of.

Can you explain your role in the Coaching Federation accreditation?

My role is to uphold the credentials required in coaching.  My accreditation validates and ensures I meet code of ethical and core competencies of the international coaching federation.  This maintains delivery of my coaching to the highest standards.

 Do you see the UK as a good place to launch a new business?

My exposure for the UK is London and for me it is a vibrant place to launch a new business.  London is a hub that embraces new thinking and new ideas very openly. It is ripe and supportive to new businesses.

 Do you think diversity is important in a company?

With such ease in global access today, it is critical to embrace diversity.  I love Aristote’s quote “The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts”.  Diversity supports the embodiment of the whole and we are more powerful together than separate.

 What kind of skills do you think a migrant needs to start a business in London?

A key skill to is to know who you are. This seems very simple but it requires a lot of continual work and patience as we change to accommodate our new learnings in life.  For example questions such as – What are your values and how do these values show up in your life? How do add a new value learned in the UK that you find important?  A business requires all of you, and it needs to be based on strong structural foundation such as core values. Understanding oneself helps build resilience which is needed in starting a venture such as a business.

Website: http://www.kanchanprinsloo.com

Kanchan is one of the mentors at the Migrant Business Accelerator.
If you wish to help migrants become entrepreneurs and change their lives for the better, get in touch with This Foreigner Can Social Enterprise.