Cross Cultural high tea with Australia Asia Executive Center – March 2016

High Tea - standing

High Tea at Sir Stamford Hotel was the venue for a lively discussion on cross cultural training ahead of the Easter long weekend.

Judy Hendricks, co-founder of Australia Asia Executive Center welcomed the ladies (and one gent) and shared some exciting initiatives working directly with executives on culture and strategy, workshops for delegations and unique events including the upcoming Guangdong  forum which is already booked out.

High Tea - seated

With doing business across jurisdictions, there is an increasing need for relevant and practical advice and guidance. Whilst many focus on the differences, it is also interesting go consider the similarities said Claire Pisani, from Culture Confidence who is holding short courses for those that want to learn the basics of Chinese language.

Leonie Tilman from English for business, which provides training or those with a non-English speaking background, says it comes down to linguistics.

Whilst some are learning culture and language for dealing in Asia, for many of us there are the capabilities right in our own backyard so ensuring you appreciate the diversity of existing staff and their cultural traditions should be the first port of call.

Trisha Carter from Cultural Collective spoke about the differences between emotional and cultural intelligence and shared that emotional intelligence isn’t enough if we want to be successful in different cultural situations. She is spending much of her time training or coaching to help increase her clients’ cultural intelligence.

Whilst some are learning culture and language for dealing in Asia, for many of us there are the capabilities right in our own backyard so ensuring you appreciate the diversity of existing staff and their cultural traditions should be the first port of call.

Camels-Sheikhs-Billionaires-v2-300x300Cynthia Dearin, Author of Camels, Shieks and Billionaires, shared some of her  culturally intelligent experiences not just working in the MENA region, but time spent in a war zone which was scary yet fascinating!

The inspirational Mariette Rups Donnelly of Powerhouse Presentations challenged us to look beyond the limitations we might place on ourselves and our impact on the world. To have the courage to create the impact that our experience, knowledge and wisdom deserve.

With some of the participants having grown up in Asia, and spending the afternoon a stones throw from Sydney Harbour, we were reminded that whilst we generally work very hard, we have a relatively relaxed lifestyle and enjoy our freedom here in Australia.

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