Category Archives: The Cultural Synergist

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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Hero, Hardship, Highlight

Last week I was working with a senior leadership team and part of my brief was around developing higher levels of trust within the team. I used an exercise that had been successfully utilised by the Richmond Football Club in helping them reach and win this year’s grand final. (Richmond Football Club, nicknamed the Tigers, is a …

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Talk Less, Ask More

“When you’re the CEO of a large organization – or even a small one – your greatest responsibility is to recognize whether it requires a major change in direction. Indeed, no bold new course of action can be launched without your say-so. Yet your power and privilege leave you insulated – perhaps more than anyone …

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Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

For this month’s newsletter, I have reproduced an article that was recently featured on the Procurious website as part of their Women in Procurement campaign. The original article can be found here. WHY FIT IN WHEN YOU WERE BORN TO STAND OUT?: THE CASE FOR WORKPLACE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Diversity in our workplaces is important. …

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