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April 2014

Yes, we are asking for your help. 

We are designing a cultural intelligence tool, which is now in the validation phase. We require at least 200 people to participate in the pilot survey.

 We are offering subscribers to The Cultural Synergist who complete the survey an opportunity to go in the draw for a free DVD. Please complete the survey by Tuesday 22nd April and email your address details to Emma.thompson@culturalsynergies.com.  and specify which DVD you would like  in the draw. There is a choice of two DVD�s either Sourcing Across Cultures or Raising Your Cultural IQ.

There are currently 26 questions in the assessment tool that requires approximately 8 minutes to complete.  If you would like to participate please follow click here 'Cultural Intelligence Assessment Tool'.

We look forward to offering our clients a reliable cultural intelligence assessment tool that will provide users with an accurate and comprehensive cultural intelligence profile that will be valuable for individuals, teams and organisations working across cultures, distance and time zones.

 Thank you!

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Tom Verghese

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