The Cultural Synergist

Insights for the month with Dr Tom Verghese
The Cultural Synergist- Insights for the month

April 2023

Issue # 180

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Leadership and Awareness of 'Other'...


As part of residing in a new city, I am making a concerted effort to meet new people and do new things. A friend I met recently invited me to a group dinner, so in the spirit of being expansive, I of course accepted. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet new people and be included. The group was an interesting mix of people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Over the course of the evening, I noticed that one of the guests was very dominating in all the conversations we had. Anything that was discussed had to be expanded further, with the person ‘one upping’ anything that others shared. It made me feel uncomfortable and I wondered if I should say something. Being new to the group and a guest, I decided not to mention it or challenge the situation. The lack of inclusion of different voices did however leave me feeling out of sorts.

I reflected on it later and was reminded that as leaders and elders, the impact of not having an awareness of others and an ability to listen can be very costly. Having a level of emotional intelligence and being aware of how others are responding and receiving your output is a vital skill both personally and professionally. As leaders, we need to be considering the impacts of our behaviour and how this reflects on how we show up, what we model and how it contributes to the culture of our group or organisation.

As a leader, how are you checking yourself?


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Book recommendation:




Anti-Time Management, Richie Norton

Discover the answer to the age-old question of “work-life balance” and what to do about it. Award-winning author Richie Norton brings you into the future with the power of Time Tipping, a framework that allows you to live and work wherever you choose. Enjoy expansive freedom by prioritizing attention, not managing time.

What would your life look like today if you had already achieved what you want?

Norton delivers an innovative roadmap that allows you to get your time back, how to change how you’re paid, and how to protect and expand your time around your values by integrating revolutionary principles like:
  • Project Stacking: How to single-task multiple, lucrative projects
  • Work Syncing: How to bring work-life ideals in concert, creating space
  • Expert Sourcing: How to design your work around results, not means
Inspired by great personal loss, Norton shares how he and his family live with no regrets and how attention prioritization and time creation are learnable skills despite hardships. Anti-Time Management will help you be present for the people, projects, plans and priorities that matter most. Like light through a prism, you can purposefully create asymmetrical results by making small, intentional decisions on one side of your life and work to create brilliant strobes of possibilities on the other.