Category Archives: The Cultural Synergist

Transitioning into the workplace

Over the last 3 months we have had an intern working with us who is an international student. We were contacted by her as she is studying at one of Melbourne’s top universities doing a Masters in International Business. She was keen to broaden her knowledge and gain experience in the cross-cultural field having completed […]

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Bright Spots

This month’s newsletter topic was prompted by my friend Duncan Smith, one of Australia’s most experienced D&I consultants, when he shared a link from the Heath Brothers called ‘Bright Spots’. In a nut shell ‘Bright Spots’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbLNOS7MxFc) refers to evaluating what is working within an organisational structure and figuring out how to clone it. This […]

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Cross Cultural Project Team

About 8 months ago we began discussions with an IT project manager who was overseeing a project with people from 4 different countries and spanning 2 very different organisations. This was a large digital transformation project with high stakes for both sides. We suggested at that point that it would be useful to bring the […]

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Lessons in Leadership

I was in discussions recently about the Thai Cave rescue. You may recall the situation where a soccer team of 12 boys and their coach were rescued from 2.5 km inside a cave filled with water from the monsoon rains in Northern Thailand. It was an impressive feat that combined the knowledge and skills of […]

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The Power of StoryTelling

Story telling has been an integral part of learning, communication and culture since the dawn of humankind. As children we yearn to hear stories from our parents and from that we receive wisdom, life lessons, morals, values and family history. As adults they educate, entertain and inform us. Stories move and inspire us to take […]

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A Perspective on the Indigenous Worldview

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to New Zealand and had the opportunity to meet with a Maori Elder there. He was introducing Maori leadership principles in an MBA program. We discussed some of the inherent aspects of Indigenous cultures around the world which I found very interesting. He explained, that all Indigenous cultures […]

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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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