HARDSHIP POSTINGS

We have been working with an organisation with operations in PNG recently. As I research and learn more about the country I am realising what a complex and challenging environment it must be to work in.  The organisation requires expats to venture to the country as part of it’s operations and it really made me […]

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VIRTUAL vs F2F DISCUSSIONS

I attended an online forum of leaders this week and it was really impressive to see how energetic and driven the main facilitator was. During the 1-hour session we adhered to a tight agenda and managed to get through it all in the allocated time. I left the session thinking about how tough it can […]

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WHAT IS THE COST OF YOUR WORK?

At a session we ran recently, one of the participants was a former police officer. He shared with me after the session that his role with the police became so stressful that he turned to alcohol to manage the impacts of the job he was doing and came close to taking his own life. Fortunately […]

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HAPPY 2021 TO YOU ALL!

As the new year has arrived it has been interesting to resume some more “normal” activities which were derailed by the global COVID pandemic last year. Australia has been very fortunate in limiting the spread of COVID so we have been able to resume a level of normality in working practices. I started the working […]

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DIVERSITY IN THE NEW NORMAL

With so much change occurring at so many levels this year, a number of people have asked for my perspective on D&I in the new normal that we are now experiencing. There has indeed been shifts in organisations from top to bottom. Work from home, virtual work and new ways of doing things have emerged […]

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THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY …..

With the festive season almost upon us, I am always mindful of the importance of being culturally agile when bringing people together and the significance of religious holidays to different cultures. It can be quite easy to offend people unintentionally at this time of year. So, I thought it might be apt to discuss acknowledging […]

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Sustaining D&I

Recently a number of former clients have been in touch wanting to discuss re-engaging in D&I work. I find it really interesting that these clients have returned having realised there is more work to be done in the space. For me this reflects an aspect that so many people in the space would be aware […]

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WHEN CULTURES CLASH…..

The current situation occurring in the political realm between Australia and China is an interesting example of cross -cultural conflict. Politics aside, the behaviours and responses of both parties have been highly ethnocentric in their approach. Australia has failed to temper it’s response and been perhaps too hasty in responding. They have also reacted to […]

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

In recent years in Australia at formal events and meetings, an acknowledgement of country is often used in the opening. This is done to recognise the custodianship of Australia by Indigenous Australians and to show respect to the tribal people and the lands you are on. It was a point of discussion in a seminar […]

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PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY

Psychological safety is an ongoing challenge in many teams and workplaces. Without it, the status quo cannot be changed and the real issues of cultural dysfunction in organisations are not addressed. It is particularly important when new people arrive that a sense of psychological safety is created so that people are able to raise issues […]

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