Category Archives: The Cultural Synergist

Guiding Principles

I have recently been working with a group of leaders in the global IT business. In a group coaching session one of the participants from this group, who is a few months into the role and had a very heavy travel schedule, mentioned that he has been spending a lot of that time getting to …

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Should I stay or should I go?

During a recent conversation with a client, the issue of relocation came up and she wanted an opinion on whether taking up an international assignment was a good opportunity for her. I don’t think there is one definitive answer to this question, it depends on a number of factors, but I do see it being …

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Loneliness and Mental Health Part II

Last month’s newsletter on mental health and loneliness received an overwhelming number of responses, in fact the most feedback ever received in the more than 10 years of publishing the Cultural Synergies newsletter! Readers were touched by the subject matter and acknowledged the ubiquity of these issues at a global, national and personal level. The …

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Loneliness and Mental Health

The death of Anthony Bourdain by apparent suicide earlier this month was a huge shock to me. Bourdain was a tremendously successful celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian and television personality, and was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. Bourdain was much more than a chef – to me he was a …

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Collaboration – Part II

Collaboration often seems like a simple and straightforward process, but in practice it is anything but. This month, particularly in light of all the chaos that is swirling around the international political stage currently, I wanted to continue my exploration of the fundamental aspects of collaboration. There are four specific areas that must be consciously …

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Collaboration

Over the last couple of months, I have shared a number of practical tools to help both advance team dynamics and also highlight the importance of good leadership. This month I want to delve a little deeper into the former topic and explore the fundamental aspects of collaboration. Collaborating, from an individual perspective, challenges you …

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The Leadership Journey

A few months ago I wrote about the “Hero, Hardship, Highlight” activity;(http://culturalsynergies.com/newsletter/issue75-11-17.html). This activity helps to facilitate the building of relationships, collaboration between team members and develop higher levels of trust within the team. This was an activity that was used at the Richmond Football club and I have used a modified version with various …

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Isn’t inclusion all about being nice to people?

This is a question that I was recently asked during an interview for a podcast and I want to provide a perspective on that in this newsletter. A definition of ‘Diversity’ is the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, values and beliefs as assets to the groups and organisations with …

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Interesting Or Interested?

During the Christmas period I was having lunch with two of my business colleagues and my new Practice Manager. The discussion ranged in topics from work, life-experiences to children. Although everyone was participating I observed that my new Practice Manager only shared stories when she was asked and she did not generate any questions herself. …

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Mysteries and Puzzles

Earlier this month, I attended a conference where Malcolm Gladwell was the keynote speaker. Gladwell is a writer for the New Yorker and has written a number of books. Some of his books include The Tipping Point; Blink; David and Goliath; What the Dog Saw and Outliers. I have always found his books to be …

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