Category Archives: The Cultural Synergist

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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Cultural Diversity Week 2017

This week kicks off Victoria’s annual Cultural Diversity Week and I was fortunate to attend The Premier’s Gala Dinner with my wife over the weekend to celebrate its launch. This year’s theme is ‘Our journey, Our stories’ and it encourages us to share and listen to each other’s stories and experiences. I wanted to use …

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Perspective Taking

Last month I presented an unconscious bias workshop to an organisation where the employees are required to wear hi-visibility attire as part of their company dress policy. One of the workshop participants relayed a story to me, which I found compelling in a subtle way. One of the new female employees of the company had …

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A Cultural Lens

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you were able to enjoy a good break over the holiday season. I recently returned from a weeklong vacation in Singapore, more specifically Sentosa Island, with my family (minus my daughter who was busy with work!). It had been about 12 years since my last trip to Sentosa and …

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A Dash of Inspiration

At the end of last month, I attended a conference called Percolate in Melbourne. It was definitely a couple of days of thoughtful provocation for me! The venue and the branding of the event set a fantastic scene for the event. And the key speakers – an eclectic mix of enterprise leaders, thought leaders, authors …

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