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Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast

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Discover what cultural influences have formed the careers of noteworthy leaders in a variety of professions, by exploring the groups that shaped who they are today. Learn about the collective context and experiences that affect their worldview, leadership style, workplace communication and behaviour. Culture and leadership connections: where culture, communication, and context meet at work.
65 Episodes
Bio for Anthony Hayes Anthony Hayes is President and Founder of The Hayes Initiative (THI) and has spent more than 18 years in communications, crisis and issue management, and political and legislative campaigns. Episode highlightListen in on how Anthony Hayes developed a niche in extreme crisis management by applying his own personal discretion to sensitive national and international crises. LinksEmail: Website: https://hayesinitiative.comLinkedIn:“It was certainly a place of extreme torment because what was coming through from the pope was hellfire and brimstone and especially words like abomination if you are gay aren’t really the best things to… wrestle with.”“A lot of New Yorkers don’t understand that the rest of the world doesn’t live the way we live and have all the privileges and things we have.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsAnthony grew up in Enid, Oklahoma at a time when he couldn’t talk about having a crush on his male classmate. He claims that he became skilled at storytelling in order to distract the people in his life from his truth.Despite being funny and popular in school, Anthony turned to alcohol and cigarettes to numb his pain at age 13 and went to rehab at 16. He drank again between the ages of 18 and 30, but has been sober ever since. Influential Groups Anthony learned a strong work ethic from his parents, who were also part of the Church of Christ, where “being gay” was not allowed. Anthony developed insight, vulnerability, and camaraderie at Alcoholics Anonymous.Moving to New York City in his 20s helped him become an active part of advocacy groups like GMHC, an AIDS-service organization of which he is proud to be a part. Temperament and Personality InfluencesLooking back on his life, Anthony describes himself as optimistic. As an adult, he focuses on being aware of the present moment and living with wisdom. Cultural EpiphaniesBeing a New Yorker, Anthony understands that the city can be a bubble of lived experience and political opinion, making residents oblivious to differences outside of it. Advice to an Employer Anthony enjoys working with clients who respect his expertise and are willing to be vulnerable and transparent about the gaps that he needs to fill. More Great Insights! Reach out to Anthony on LinkedIn or through his website to connect! Support the show (
Bio for Sabra Saleh Sabra Saleh is a Communications/Public Affairs Specialist with Syncrude Canada Ltd.Episode highlightAs a multilingual African-Arab, Sabra Saleh has always assimilated into the cultural groups, wherever she went. Listen in on how she establishes relationships using language and curiosity to support her.LinksEmail: LinkedIn: @sabrasalehQuotes“This is how I can be a part of any group - by connecting to certain people with language.”“What would we need to do as an organization so you can come as your whole self to work?”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsWhen Sabra was in Grade 4 in Abu Dhabi, she used her language skills to make friends with groups of students who spoke different languages. She was encouraged by her mother to accept her hair texture as representative of the ethnic mixes in her blood and wear it with pride. Influential Groups From her African and Arab cultures, Sabra has learnt a sense of community and hospitality, making people feel welcome, comfortable, and approachable, both personally and professionally.Her profession of communications has taught her patience towards changing circumstances and mistakes, and given her the flexibility to adapt when needed. Temperament and Personality InfluencesSabra claims that she has always shown patience and understanding in her personal and professional life, but that her politeness and courtesy often gets misunderstood as diplomacy. Cultural EpiphaniesWhen Sabra was at university in the USA, she was shocked that a student ordered a pizza in the common room, ate it by himself, and then tried selling the leftover slices for a dollar each. She also struggles to address older adults by their first names in North America, something considered disrespectful in her culture.Advice to an Employer Sabra places value on getting to know people and understanding where they come from and emphasizes the importance of casual conversations which help dispel stereotypes. More Great Insights! Sabra recommends asking newcomers questions about their backgrounds to help them bring their whole selves to work. As a Muslim woman, the first thing she does when she joins a new job is inquiring about spaces to pray. Her religion has also taught her that “you help whoever you can regardless of who they are - don’t discriminate groups.”Support the show (
Bio for Tim DumasTim Dumas is the Founder of Servus Leadership, a Certified Coach with the John Maxwell Team, a Certified Facilitator with the Extreme Leadership Institute, and a Consultant with the Virtuous Leadership Institute. Episode highlightWhen Tim Dumas’ business needed a change in direction for expansion, he hired an executive coach. Listen in on how he was inspired to become an executive coach himself and discovered that the key to leadership is magnanimity.LinksEmail: tdumas@servusleadership.comWebsite: www.servusleadership.comLinkedIn: Quotes “If anyone promises perfection, that’s not possible, but promising love is something, I think, far greater.”  “My goal is to serve the people around me in the best way that I possibly can.” “How one does anything is how one does everything.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsTim’s grandfather taught him the value of faith, family, and football (in that order), and he hopes to be making as much of a difference to people as his grandfather did as a doctor. Influential Groups Tim was born into a church-going Catholic family, where praying together brought them closer. Playing football on his high school team taught him lessons in teamwork, trust, and work ethics.Entering his family business, Tim discovered a lot of support and love. At MacKay CEO Forums, he was inspired by founder Nancy MacKay’s love that guides even difficult conversations in the workplace.Temperament and Personality InfluencesAccording to the ancient classification of temperament into four categories (sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic), Tim claims that he is 50% choleric (energetic, enthusiastic, and quick to take action) and 50% sanguine (thinking about people in every situation). However, being sanguine also means he aspires to please people, and he works to overcome that during decision-making. He tries to take time to sit in silence to contemplate his actions and uncover creativity and meaning instead of jumping into them quickly. Cultural EpiphaniesWhile at JAK’s Beer Wine & Spirits, Tim was taken aback by one of his regional managers who challenged him with questions. However, he realized that the regional manager was different from him in a good way, asking questions that would never have occurred to Tim due to his temperament and personality, but that caused him to grow. Advice to an Employer Tim has a growth mindset and responds well to motivation. More Great Insights! Tim loves connecting with people through one-on-one coaching with Servus Leadership, peer group coaching with MacKay CEO Forums and public speaking engagements.Support the show (
Bio for Gabrielle Dolan Gabrielle Dolan is considered a global expert in business storytelling and real communication. She is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker and best-selling author of seven books. Episode highlightListen in on how Gabrielle Dolan has been training business leaders on how to tell their stories for the last 17 years. LinksEmail: gabrielle@gabrielledolan.comLinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Website:“It’ll be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” “A life lived in fear is a life half lived.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsGabrielle’s father was a storyteller, and she credits him for passing on this trait. As one of eight children, she “had to tell a good story to get anyone’s attention” and learned to be self-reliant to get by. Her parents encouraged her to never give up. At 18, when she found the job she interviewed for advertised in the paper, her mother told her to apply again and she got the job.Influential Groups Gabrielle is a 5th generation white Australian born in Melbourne. She grew up on a middle-class suburban street and felt close to her extended family. She went to a Catholic school. Gabrielle believes that being a part of the corporate world has shaped who she is today. Many of her clients become her buddies. She is also a part of Thought Leaders Australia, a group of solo entrepreneurs like her, who inspire and support her.Temperament and Personality InfluencesGabrielle is an extrovert and likes to be a part of groups. She also claims to be very laid back and “willing to give anything a go.” Her daughter called her out on her resistance to admit when she’s wrong. She works to be a better listener instead of offering actions as solutions.Cultural EpiphaniesWhen Gabrielle travelled to the Northern Territory in Australia, she learned about the stories of the indigenous populations and how they have kept their culture alive for ages through storytelling. Advice to an Employer As an entrepreneur, Gabrielle helps her employees and clients be their best through challenging each other. She also finds that she grows closer to them due to the personal nature of storytelling. More Great Insights! Gabrielle urges business leaders to consider incorporating storytelling in business to better connect with employees and customers. Visit her website to get started and to read her books! Support the show (
Bio for Rachel Gour Rachel Gour is an entrepreneurial and visionary hairstylist, salon owner and hair educator. She advocates for women’s choice and growth and has worked to help high-risk female teens get off the streets. She is also a parent to two sons.Episode highlightAs a white person raised on an Indigenous reserve with a black-fathered child, Rachel Gour knows how it feels to be immersed in a melting pot of cultures. Listen in on how she has assimilated the lessons of acceptance and love into her work as a hairdresser today.LinksEmail: rachelgour@gmail.comInstagram: Facebook:“I want to stay young and the only way that I can stay young is stay current.”“We are all one and we are all deserving of beauty and light in this world.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsRachel was adopted into a hardworking, academic, and humble family in Edmonton with a French-Canadian father and a British mother. From her biological family, she has learned passion, humour, and acceptance.Rachel went to the same school on a Indigenous reserve outside Edmonton that her parents taught in. She grew up in an atmosphere of mutual support and sharing. Rachel was young when she got pregnant with her first son. Her father warned her, “Some people are not going to love your baby.” This was the first time Rachel became aware of racism.Influential Groups Rachel’s family hosted many refugees in their large home, where the whole family and their guests worked together during the summers on their farm. She embraced the different cultures she was exposed to and had many life-changing experiences there.Temperament and Personality InfluencesBeing talkative has proven advantageous in both sales and when marketing her personal brand as a hairdresser. Cultural EpiphaniesRachel has learnt a lot about women by noticing and discussing the events in their lives when they’ve come in for a haircut. She helps them embrace the process of greying and ageing with dignity and grace. Advice to an Employer When Rachel first meets a client, she asks about their grievances and what they don’t like about their hair. She then asks about what they love about their hair, learning about the look and style that made them feel the best. More Great Insights! Rachel feels strongly about loyalty in the hairstyling industry and sometimes feels personally affronted when a client leaves without saying anything to her.Support the show (
Bio for Chris MarhefkaChris Marhefka is the CEO and Facilitator at Training Camp for the Soul and the Founder and Facilitator of the Embodied Man Community and Retreats. Episode highlightChris Marhefka was raised to be hardworking, and he followed that value until he was burned out. Listen in on how he rejected conventional notions of success to develop a more authentic relationship with himself and others around him. LinksEmail: Websites: http://chrismarhefka.com“It takes a village to raise a child.”“Just because I have one way doesn’t mean it is the way.”“Life isn’t always positive... things happen.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsChris was around five years old when his father arrived five minutes late to pick him up from soccer practice. He inferred that he is alone in what he does and he can’t trust others completely, which showed up in his personal and professional relationships later in life.Chris was in his early teens when he was cut from his first soccer team. He realized that he had let his father down. From that moment on, Chris committed to never failing at anything because of a lack of effort. Influential Groups Chris was raised in a conservative Catholic household with a strong commitment to values and community. He credits sports with teaching him about leadership, connection and communication. Being in the student government at university helped him begin trusting people and develop integrity.Temperament and Personality InfluencesChris claims to always have had a “chameleon-like personality,” adaptable to any group and liked by all. However, he has worked to find his true identity, express his authentic self, and allow people into his inner world with trust and vulnerability. Cultural EpiphaniesChris shares that as a leader, he believed he always had the right answer and told others what to do. By asking for opinions, he opened up to other options that exist, giving him a broader perspective. Advice to an Employer Chris finds that being mindful and authentic brings out his best self in any project, and he uses breathing to achieve that state of flow. More Great Insights! Chris leads retreats six times a year and conducts various programs. Check out his website for more information on his offerings.Support the show (
Bio for Monique Allen Monique Allen is a Business Coach, Life-Scape & Regenerative Landscape Professional and CEO & Creative Director of The Garden Continuum, a landscape design/build and fine gardening company in Massachusetts. Episode highlightAs a bilingual Armenian-American, Monique Allen had a plethora of cultural influences in her childhood. Listen in on how she combined the many identities she holds to establish her own workplace culture in the landscaping industry.LinksEmail: Website: www.TheGardenContinuum.comSocial media: @monique.allen, @thegardencontinuumLinkedIn:“When I felt the safest, it was when I was connected to the ground.”“It’s hard to believe in nature and not believe in a force that's a little bit greater than your gas pedal.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsAs a child, Monique visited her maternal grandparents in the Allegheny Mountains in Maryland, where she felt a “cellular connection” to nature. She grew up with a “3rd culture mindset”, living in Paris and then in an Armenian community in the United States, speaking Armenian, French and English.Influential Groups Even though Armenian cuisine is her comfort food, Monique has always felt like an “outsider Armenian”, because she isn’t as fluent in the language. Her Christian friend and her family took Monique under their wing, and she immersed herself in the religion. Temperament and Personality InfluencesMonique has a naturally positive mood and outlook but can also be serious and demanding of herself and other people, which she attributes to her “abrasive upbringing”. She has had to unlearn any destructive behaviours from the past and reconnect to her easy temperament. Cultural EpiphaniesMonique once had an employee who had the vision, skills and abilities for the job, but she couldn’t find a cultural common ground with her. When another employee said she may not be a cultural fit, Monique began learning about culture in the workplace and how that fits in with her company.Advice to an Employer Monique is a stickler for organization, clear communication and data - “Vagaries make me crazy”, she quips. However, she does not believe in micromanaging and even works in a separate space from her employees, so they can be autonomous in a “trust culture”. More Great Insights! Visit Monique’s website to buy her book, Stop Landscaping, Start Lifescaping, read her blog and access many resources to get started in this field. If you are a green industry professional, reach out to her for business coaching to scale your company to the next level.Support the show (
Bio for Raphael Adegboye Raphael Adegboye is Senior Manager, Global Risk Management with Scotiabank. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario with his wife and three daughters. Episode HighlightBorn in Nigeria, Raphael Adegboye learned to value academic accomplishments and was taught to be silent in the presence of others. Listen in on how moving to different countries has changed his personality, taught him the importance of experience, and helped him find his voice. LinksEmail: Website:“Life is not about what you do not have, life is about what you make out of what you have.” “If you want people to respect you, you have to show respect.” “There are aspects of ourselves that we can never take away.”“There is no one size fits all approach in communication and working with others.”“Learning empowers us to be true leaders, both for ourselves and the people around us.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsRaphael claims he was a brilliant child who was always at the top his class. In 2nd grade, he stood 5th in his class and was disappointed in himself. From that moment on, any time something doesn't go according to his expectations, he reflects on what went wrong and what he could have done better.Influential Groups Alongside two brothers and three sisters, Raphael grew up in a modest household in Lagos, Nigeria. From sharing joy and sorrows with his family, he learned the power of hope, respect, collaboration, resilience, hard work, and education.Raised a Christian, he was taught to establish good relationships with others. Growing up in Nigeria, with communities that speak over 500 different languages also shaped his worldview. Temperament and Personality InfluencesEven though Raphael is an introvert, he presents himself as an extrovert in his professional life.Cultural EpiphaniesRaphael has realized that going out for group lunches in the corporate world in other countries helps strengthen work relationships, participate in important discussions, and open doors in his career. Advice to an Employer Raphael stands by the philosophy of “if perspective is wrong, objective will be wrong” and works to keep an open-minded approach so that the desired outcomes are achieved. More Great Insights! Raphael emphasizes that living in Canada affords people the opportunity to learn about themselves, different cultures and personalities, and jointly contribute to the success and prosperity of the country.Support the show (
Bio for Dr. Cornelia (Nel) WiemanDr. Nel Wieman, Anishinaabe (Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba), is the Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority and has served as the President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) since 2016. Episode highlightAs a First Nations child “scooped” into a Dutch family, Dr. Nel Wieman grew up struggling with her identity and culture. Listen in on how she grew into her authentic self to become Canada’s first female Indigenous Psychiatrist, now working to uplift indigenous communities. LinksEmail: nel.wieman@gmail.comTwitter: @cwiemanLinkedIn: First Nations Health Authority: Nations Health Authority in BC (Facebook):“You can’t start tackling something if you don’t acknowledge that it’s a problem, to begin with.”“It’s been a lifelong journey thinking about working on… my identity as an indigenous person.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsIn grade 1, Dr. Wieman was asked to write her birth announcement with details of her birth, which, being adopted, she had no knowledge of. She became “quite fiercely independent” in response to how different she was and carried that self-reliance into her work.She was a competitive track and field athlete in high school, which made her very self-focused. When a truck hit-and-run accident landed her in the hospital, she became aware of her mortality and it made her think about contributing to other people’s lives. Influential Groups Dr. Wieman felt torn that her father had indigenous friends but would not acknowledge her identity as an indigenous person. Those who grew up on the reserves with their families and speaking their languages look down upon people like her who don’t. Temperament and Personality InfluencesDr. Wieman claims that she has always been stubborn and determined. She has learnt to work and trust others in a team. She has also developed a sense of humour to lighten the dense work she does.Cultural EpiphaniesDr. Wieman has never bought into the hierarchical nature of medicine, where physicians believe that they deserve to be appreciated “just because of their title.” Advice to an Employer The best way to work with Dr. Wieman is to identify “a challenge or a goal that has to be achieved” and provide support. More Great Insights! Dr. Wieman uses the 7 Generation principle to guide her in life, which teaches that “what we accomplish in our lifetimes, the effects of that will be felt forward like waves until 7 generations into the future.” Support the show (
Bio for Eric KarpinskiEric Karpinski is a positive psychology author and speaker and has been on the cutting edge of bringing positive psychology tools to workplaces for over 10 years, with clients that include Intel, Facebook, IBM, T-Mobile, Genentech and many others. Episode highlightAs a child, Eric Karpinski moved around a lot. He hated saying goodbye to old friends but loved making new ones. Listen in on how he takes his love for friendships, harmony and positivity into his work as a positive psychology speaker and author.LinksWebsite:, LinkedIn: @erickarpinskiQuotes“I’m a white male and so I got to live in a world that was made for me.”“There’s just no possibility of being happy all the time. Happiness is a fleeting emotion and all we can do is plant seeds for it and hope that it grows but if we expect it to, now we’re just destroying it.” “Look for something good that you can share.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsGrowing up in a military family, Eric moved often across the USA, which taught him about different cultures and the importance of inclusion. Eric discovered that for four years, his father had been volunteering at a group home for people with mental health disorders. He was inspired by his father’s quiet generosity. Influential Groups As a white male, Eric recognizes the privileges and biases he grew up with as a member of the dominant culture. He consciously works towards inclusion and equity.Eric felt a sense of belonging with Burning Man Festival’s culture of gifting, love, acceptance and creativity, which helped him heal from “the disease of materialism,” leading him to his career path today.Temperament and Personality InfluencesEric has always been an extrovert and this was reinforced by moving often, finding commonality, connection and community wherever he went. Cultural EpiphaniesEric observes that the ambitious work ethic is part of the white culture, which drove him to success but away from happiness. Advice to an Employer Eric desires space to create social connection and a positive, supportive, appreciative, and communicative culture with the autonomy to reach goals on his own. More Great Insights! Eric’s book, Put Happiness To Work, lays out an ‘action buffet’ with activities to drive happiness and engagement at work. Also check out Sticky Situations, a blog he writes with his wife about using positive psychology at work. You can also reach out to him on LinkedIn or Twitter.
Bio for Joseph Fung Joseph is the CEO of Uvaro, a tech sales career accelerator, and of Kiite, a sales enablement platform purpose-built to provide sales teams with the information they need when they need it. Episode highlightJoseph Fung was raised with encouraging faith in his abilities, a strict culture of excellence and no concept of procrastination. Listen in on how he has created a workplace culture reflective of these values as a CEO. LinksEmail: joseph@uvaro.comWebsite: https://uvaro.comFacebook:“That sense of not quite fitting in helped push me to choose groups that were a little bit less typical.”“Your path is your choice, and that’s okay.” “You could be mocked for not belonging; that’s a problem.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsJoseph’s father is from Hong Kong and always challenged him to do his best, holding him accountable to quality, drive and purpose. His mother is of mixed European heritage. She balanced his father’s perspective as a supportive enabler, encouraging him to chase after his dreams without delay.Influential Groups Joseph grew up in Toronto but travelled for work and student exchange programs. His childhood was characterized by a “lack of belonging”, but this helped Joseph feel at home with an atypical group - the circus community. Temperament and Personality InfluencesJoseph describes himself as “a youthful 40-year-old”. He is an INTP on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. The “I”  for introversion is his default mode to recharge himself after being in the public eye as an entrepreneur. He also confesses to having an absurd sense of humour. Even though he considers himself impatient, he acknowledges that patience is a choice.Cultural EpiphaniesGrowing up, Joseph’s family’s way of doing things was different from that of his friends. He was used to eating with chopsticks and struggled with a knife and fork when he was invited for dinner at his friend’s house. When he was nine, his parents let him and his siblings use power tools to help construct their house, which shocked their friends. Advice to an Employer Joseph has a “voracious appetite for information”. He also uses feedback extensively, sharing it and requesting it at every step. More Great Insights! For anyone looking to transition to a new career, irrespective of their background, Uvaro runs a training course to help begin a career in technology sales. Support the show (
Bio for Karin Reed Karin M. Reed is the CEO and Chief Confidence Creator of Speaker Dynamics, a corporate communications training firm featured in Forbes. Episode highlightListen in on how Karin Reed, a successful broadcast journalist went from shining on camera to training others on how to let their brilliance show on the screen.LinksEmail: Website: Twitter: @karin_reedQuotes“Allowing yourself to be yourself - that’s what’s going to resonate with your audience.”“I have no problem just putting something out there and if they say no, then I try something different.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsKarin grew up in “a household with two parents who loved each other deeply” and attributes much of who she is to the stability in her upbringing.Karin got her first on-camera TV job with a CBS affiliate as a senior in college. She worked hard to learn the ropes and become a good reporter and was hired full-time when she graduated. Influential Groups Growing up in a middle-class suburban household, Karin learned the value of hard work and education by observing her parents. Being a female reporter provided her with a unique set of opportunities. Karin married into a large Irish Catholic family, quite different from her quiet household of four. Temperament and Personality InfluencesKarin defines her temperament as that of “boundless optimism and also a lack of fear of being told no''. She says that she tenses up when planning for the future, but becoming pregnant after several failed attempts has taught her to appreciate the sublime gifts of the present. Cultural EpiphaniesKarin is very self-aware about the fact that she does not experience different cultures in her daily life, and works to keep her knowledge updated. Advice to an Employer Karin likes working with people she enjoys who can enjoy her and have an “openness to try new things, a positive attitude, being nice, being encouraging”. More Great Insights! If you are struggling with virtual presentations and meetings, check out Karin’s course on virtual video engagement training on her website. Be sure to read her books, the newest of which is a workbook and reference guide to strategically communicating through the rich medium of video conferences. 
Bio for Perry Marshall Perry Marshall is a marketing consultant and entrepreneur and founder of Perry S. Marshall & Associates. He has guided clients like FanDuel and InfusionSoft from startup to hundreds of millions of dollars and is endorsed in FORBES and INC Magazine. He’s consulted in over 300 industries and has a degree in Electrical Engineering.Episode highlightPerry Marshall began his own business at the age of 13 and went on to become one of the most expensive business strategists in the world. Listen in on the lessons of culture and leadership that paved the way from his childhood achievements to success as an Website: www.perrymarshall.comQuotes“You should read something written before Gutenberg every day.”“We can all agree that social media has become a toxic pandemic of its own in the last few years.”“Just let nature do what nature’s going to do.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsWhen Perry was 13 years old, he built and sold stereos. Perry was a high school senior when his father passed away of cancer. This forced him to become independent and made him work hard to earn the college tuition his dad had intended to pay. Influential Groups Perry was born into a conservative Christian family that valued scholarly rigorous learning. Raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, his upbringing was conservative, modest, egalitarian, and frugal. Temperament and Personality InfluencesPerry claims he was a cantankerous child who always tried to break rules, but also an alchemist who was always trying to create something. As an adult, Perry continues to shake things up and reinvent them. Cultural EpiphaniesWhen Perry visited Kenya, he was introduced to a successful cobbler, Paul, who used crutches and fixed shoes sitting on the floor. Paul’s spark and pride in his work made Perry, a consultant to entrepreneurs, realize that entrepreneurs like Paul who serve the community by providing a useful service, make Perry’s work meaningful.Advice to an Employer Perry recommends every business create a discovery contract, which is a quote provided for a charge. More Great Insights! He also recommends you read Detox, Declutter, Dominate: How to Excel by Elimination, a book he co-wrote with Robert Skrob which is an enjoyable and timeless business philosophy book for people from all backgrounds. Support the show (
Bio for Sherina Mayani Sherina Mayani is a Business Master Coach, Founder of Master Dinero Con Flow and creator of two complementary business methods, Clearing Method to remove emotional blockages to prosperity and ClaCov focused on strategic planning and marketing.She helps Spanish-speaking women around the world clear their blocks, upgrade their mindset, attract ideal clients, and earn consistent money so they can grow a business that sets them free and create a positive impact.She is also a Divine Living Certified Master Coach and an Energy Editing® Professional who helps clear energetic money blocks from your energy system. Panamanian of Hindu origin, she lives in Panama with her husband and their puppy Coco.Episode highlightAs an Indian-Panamanian, Sherina Mayani was raised with little promise of the future. Listen in on how she overthrew the cultural expectations to shine as a female entrepreneur.LinksEmail: Website: www.sherinamayani.comInstagram: @shermayaniLinkedIn:“I don't want to be the princess in the movie with the prince… [I] actually want to make my own movie.” “What you reap is what you sow.” “There’s so many things in our life that we do just because someone else did it without seeing the logic.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsSherina’s father was strict and didn’t support her dreams. This made Sherina want to become independent. Influential Groups Sherina identifies as a spiritual person and associates with the spirituality ingrained in Hinduism. Falling in love with a non-Indian Catholic who was 12 years older than her made her “arranged married” parents uncomfortable. Temperament and Personality InfluencesSherina claims that she is very strategic in her approach to every conversation. She has now traded her impulsivity for wisdom. Cultural EpiphaniesAt university, Sherina noticed that Panamanian culture was a lot more laid back than American culture. Advice to an Employer Sherina finds that she is more comfortable working with women since she is a dominant personality and has faced energy clashes with men. She prefers working on long-term programs since energy clearing and emotional work take time. More Great Insights! Sherina recalls a story about passing down traditions without question and urges us to think about why we do what we do. For more great insights, reach out to her on LinkedIn. She runs many Spanish language programs and some for English speakers too!Support the show (
Bio for Alan Headbloom Alan Headbloom is an Intercultural Consultant/Coach, Applied Linguist and Talkshow Producer & Host. He presents workshops to immigrant professionals and to their American counterparts who need to function across cultures and geographies and provides one-on-one coaching to expats who need to perform at high levels in their global companies. Episode highlightAs a Swedish-American, Alan Headbloom is very aware of his white privilege and has spent his life enriching himself with lessons from other cultures. Listen in on how he has created a unique tasting platter from the smorgasbord of life. LinksEmail: alan@headbloom.comLinkedIn: Twitter: Website: www.feellikeyoubelong.comQuotes“Working across borders and time zones is something we’re all doing these days increasingly.”“You don't know the blinders you grow up with because that’s just part of the water you swim in.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsAt 12 years-old, Alan’s Swedish grandfather who had immigrated to the USA took him and his sister to Sweden. Alan was awed by the cultural differences and felt inspired to fearlessly learn many different languages.Once, when he accompanied his parents to the country club they belonged to, he found it odd that all the members were white and the servers, black. This informs his community advocacy to this day. Influential Groups Alan was born to an upwardly mobile, white, Christian family in a white suburb of the industrial American city of Detroit. He claims he checks all the boxes for privilege - white, male, able, and hetero with a Christian upbringing. Temperament and Personality InfluencesAlan claims that he has been bossy and righteous in the past but his experiences with different cultures have helped him grow. He tries to imbibe mindfulness from the people he interacts with because it does not come naturally to him.Cultural EpiphaniesWhen Alan was in Germany for a year, he grew close to a friend’s family he lived with for five months. He then told the mother to use the informal pronoun for him. However, she told him that they didn’t know each other well enough. He was hurt but understood that they defined closeness differently.More Great Insights! Alan advises white people and native speakers of English to give outsiders a chance. He recommends learning about other cultures to unlearn privilege and entitlement and become tolerant, loving and accepting.Support the show (
Bio for Rohan NigamRohan Nigam is a Mergers & Acquisition Advisory (M&A) Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He has supported clients at various stages of the M&A lifecycle including due diligence, integration, carve-outs, post-close support, and transformation. Episode highlightAs an Indian who moved to the United States to pursue studies and a career, Rohan Nigam had the opportunity to combine the strengths of both cultures for success. Listen in on how he achieved great professional heights at an early age by being sensitive to cultural and personality variations in people.LinksEmail: LinkedIn:“It doesn’t matter where you come from, but it matters what you are doing in that moment.”“Celebrate - when you finish it, when you win, when you do it together.” TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsWhen Rohan was around 10, his nuclear family separated from the joint family they were in due to some issues in the family business, and faced financial struggles. His approach to education changed, and he recognized it as a means of getting into a good university, getting a good job, making money and being happy. Influential Groups Rohan went to a middle school in Mumbai which had students from different backgrounds and religions who spoke different first languages, which was a great learning experience. Temperament and Personality InfluencesRohan says that he has always been an organized person, whether that be with his study schedule or work, creating to-do lists to stay on top of all his tasks. He also claims to have been an introvert but has worked on becoming more accepting of cultures and blending in with the larger group. Cultural EpiphaniesThe first time Rohan was presenting at a client pitch with his team leader, he elaborated on the points in the few slides he was given. However, he was later given feedback from his partner that in the American context, presentations are much more concise. Advice to an Employer When Rohan begins working on a new project with a new team, he has a conversation about the best way for everyone to work together within the team and with the other stakeholders. He also emphasizes celebrating the completion of projects.More Great Insights! Rohan advises young professionals who are just venturing into stock trading and investments, to “start small and start early.” Reach out to Rohan to discuss the economy and market trends and to build an information-exchange community that everyone can benefit from.Support the show (
Bio for Denise Shamlian Denise Shamlian, Health Education Advocate and owner of Get Up Get Out Get Well Health Coaching, has successfully worked with clients around the world helping them achieve their health and happiness goals. Episode highlightAs an Armenian-American, Denise Shamlian was raised to be straightforward and direct in her communication and pursuit of goals. Listen in on how she uses her talents and abilities to create a productive solutions-based existence in the health and wellness industry.LinksEmail: Website: www.getupgetoutgetwell.comQuotes“Health and wellness is something that sets you up for success in so many places in your life.” “Anything is possible, anything is achievable.”“Feedback is just feedback… it’s neither good nor bad; it just is.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsDenise is a first-generation Armenian-American on her father’s side and second generation on her mother’s. Her family taught her to be tenacious, direct, straightforward, open and free-spirited in her communication. Being an older sister in a single-parent household, Denise also learned to stand up for her mother, and become a solution-seeker who took charge. Influential Groups Denise grew up in Queens, New York in a middle-class community composed of people from different backgrounds, cultures and religions. Even though she is not a religious person, being born into a Christian Armenian family taught her to be tolerant of all practices. She also gets her love for food from the Armenian culture, which she has extended into her practice as a wellness coach, teaching people how to use food to heal. Denise belongs to the Central Park Dance Skaters Association and has skated all over the world. Temperament and Personality InfluencesDenise has always been a “persister”, throwing tantrums if she didn’t get what she wanted as a child. She is working to go with the flow of the universe and pick her battles now. Cultural EpiphaniesIn her travels, Denise found that her direct style of communication was not always a good fit, especially in the more “proper” areas of Europe. Even in her professional life, she has found that there can be a big gap between what is being communicated and what is understood. Advice to an Employer Denise wants her clients to know that she is committed to their happiness and using the therapeutic relationship for all-around growth. More Great Insights! Visit Denise’s website to avail of her offerings in health coaching, business advisory and beauty and aesthetics tips. Support the show (
Bio for Nselaa WardMadam Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor, is a Business Architect and Black Lives Matter and Women's Rights Activist. Currently, she is the Chair of the International Black Business Agenda and CEO of Ni’ Nava & Associates, a business architect firm she started in 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.Episode highlightAs a black female, Nselaa Ward was always told she was not valuable. Listen in on how she broke away from the negative messaging and assimilated the positive parts of her life to shine as a successful attorney, activist and business architect.LinksEmail: Website:“We can't erase the trauma that we’ve experienced but we can transform it.” “People that are afraid of hearing no are often afraid of saying no as well.” “We all know that, right now, in this country, calling the police can mean a death sentence for a lot of people of colour.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsSince Nselaa was seven, her mother was addicted to crack cocaine and got paralyzed after being shot over a drug deal gone wrong when Nselaa was 11. Nselaa grew up surrounded by people who were in the drug and sex work industry, and she became a sex worker at the age of 12 going by the name Caramel.Influential Groups Nselaa grew up in a primarily black community, being constantly reminded that as a chubby black woman, she was not valuable. As a sex worker, she tried to make sure she was being valued by her clients.Nselaa spent a lot of time around people addicted to crack cocaine. From them, she learned not to be afraid of rejection and to persevere against all odds, which helped her in becoming an attorney. Temperament and Personality InfluencesNselaa says that she was a talker as a child, and could go on for hours on end. Cultural EpiphaniesGrowing up in a black community where her sentiments and opinions were echoed, Nselaa found, through her travels, that the rest of the world held different views. More Great Insights! Nselaa’s business architect firm helps SMEs to take their businesses to the enterprise level. Reach out to Nselaa on her website, social media or by texting +1 404-410-0200. Support the show (
Bio for Luis Gonzáles Luis Gonzáles is a Global Business Communications Consultant, Master Facilitator, Coach, and Trainer with more than 25 years of experience in helping improve business outcomes for organizations. Episode highlightAs a Mexican-American, Luis Gonzáles had varied cultural experiences in his personal and professional life. Listen in on how he assimilated his cultural know-how into his work as a cross-cultural communications consultant. LinksEmail: Website:,“The goal I want - I have to recognize that, and what's the best way in my communication to reach that goal.” “The majority of people... are working remotely and now we have more opportunity to connect across borders.”“Speak up when you see something because the risks might be too great if you don’t.”TakeawaysInfluential Groups Luis is a 2nd generation Mexican-American, whose grandparents crossed the US-Mexico border on foot. He was raised with their working-class hard-working ethic.His parents divorced when he was young, and each remarried an African-American. He also went to a Roman Catholic school. Temperament and Personality InfluencesLuis says he has always been passionate, energetic and loud, and struggled in school because of his hyperactivity. He now works on his communication style in the business world to make sure his energy doesn’t come off as impatience, and his passion isn’t mistaken as pushy. Cultural EpiphaniesLuis grew up in a household where the children would serve themselves and have relatively unsupervised meals. When he was invited to eat at his friend’s house in an English community in Long Beach, he found himself constantly being reprimanded for his table manners. Luis admits to being guilty of “code-switching”, speaking with different body language and intonation with Spanish speakers compared to American English speakers. Working for close to seven years in India, Luis realized that the top-down hierarchical leadership style did not sit well with him. When Indian expatriates would come to the United States to work, he had to train them on the American style of open and direct communication. Advice to an Employer Luis cautions people who are serious and business-focused that he prefers to have a little fun when working.More Great Insights! Reach out to Luis on LinkedIn for more such insights. Also, visit Fierce, Inc.’s website for free resources on improving your communication for better results. Support the show (
Bio for Amy Lynn Durham Amy Lynn Durham is the author of “Create Magic At Work” and the Founder of the “Create Magic At Work” Membership Group. She is a UC Berkeley Certified Executive Coach and Emotional Intelligence Practitioner.Episode highlightAs a corporate executive, Amy Lynn Durham did not feel she was being herself. Listen in on how she discovered the path to authentic self-expression by combining the magic of spiritual and emotional intelligence.LinksEmail: Website: Quotes“Everybody comes from a place where they’re trying to do the best they can as a parent.” “If you don’t hear the universe when it whispers, it’s going to scream.”“We’re afraid to be big sometimes.”TakeawaysChildhood IncidentsAmy’s childhood was defined by her not having an opportunity to make herself heard. She defines the atmosphere at home as conflict-avoidant where her issues were swept under the carpet.Influential Groups Amy was born into a middle-class, hardworking family and she credits them with her strong work ethic. Raised in a large farming community in central California in the mid-1970s, Amy says that her worldview was limited. She also claims that being raised Christian sowed the seeds of a divided self because she considered herself more spiritual than religious.Travelling for work later in life helped her experience different cultures, expanded her world view and helped her express her spiritual beliefs. Being a woman in the corporate world shaped her leadership skills.Temperament and Personality InfluencesAmy says she was born an introvert. She has been able to express herself more as she has grown older, aided by the leadership opportunities she was given in the corporate world.Cultural EpiphaniesAmy realized that what her Christian upbringing taught her about right and wrong and good and bad people was different from her spiritual self-expression that all humans are one. Advice to an Employer Amy asks anyone working with her to trust her and the process to help them uncover their true selves. More Great Insights! Visit Amy’s website to get coaching, join her membership group and access enjoyable tools to use at the workplace. Be sure to read her book to fill your work life with magic and spark your creativity!Support the show (
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