The Cultural Synergist

Insights for the month with Dr Tom Verghese

The Cultural Synergist- Insights for the month


September 2022

Issue # 173

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Diversity of Experience...

I was very fortunate to return to my homeland Malaysia and visit Singapore recently for work engagements. It was wonderful to be on the road again and experience a sense of the global community which I have been far removed from over the last three years. Being able to conduct in person meetings and workshops reminded me of how much value there is working with people directly and the extent to which the virtual world has its limitations.

While visiting Malaysia, I took some time out to visit relatives and old family friends. It is something I always like to do, and it reconnects me with elders that have been a part of my life and family. It was interesting to hear their recent experiences of living through the pandemic. I was surprised that most people knew of at least one person or more who had lost their life to Covid. I reflected on my own experience. While quite a number of people I knew had Covid, no-one had died from it. It highlighted for me the range of experiences people have had across the world over the last 3 years.

While in Singapore I met with a friend who told me how challenging it was to be confined in an apartment while working and home schooling two children. I could only imagine what it would have been like to have 4 people in a small space and retain some semblance of sanity.

The pandemic has certainly impacted us all in different ways. As things slowly begin to normalize and covid fades into being a memory, I am reminded of the importance of resilience and rejuvenation after such a challenging time.


Quote of the month:

- Winston S. Churchill


Book recommendation:




Global Fitness for Global People, Helen Spencer-Oatey, Peter Franklin, Domna Lazidou (2022)

In today's rapidly changing and uncertain environment, people need sound insights and guiding principles to shape their actions. Global Fitness for Global People prepares you for this challenge, providing you with a set of core principles and tools that you can apply flexibly and dynamically to meet your own and your organisation's needs - now and in a changing future.

Global Fitness addresses three key areas - establishing your Global Fitness goals, mastering your Global Fitness toolkit, and moulding the Global Fitness environment. The approach of Global Fitness for Global People is in line with the Chinese saying "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."

Global Fitness for Global People uses thought-provoking authentic examples from a wide variety of situations to illustrate important learning points. It draws on state-of-the-art research and practice to explain the key issues and offers you reflective guidelines and activities for professional development purposes. The book is essential reading if you are leading, managing, or working in culturally diverse situations and hence need Global Fitness in order to achieve effective collaboration.