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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.

Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast Marie Gervais

    • Business
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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.

    Alan Headbloom – The Buffet of Life

    Alan Headbloom – The Buffet of Life

    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 highlight
    As 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. 
    Links
    Email: alan@headbloom.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanheadbloom/ 
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/headbloom 
    Website: www.feellikeyoubelong.com
    Quotes
    “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.”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    At 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 Influences
    Alan 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 Epiphanies
    When 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.

    • 32 min
    Rohan Nigam – Nothing is Impossible

    Rohan Nigam – Nothing is Impossible

    Bio for Rohan Nigam
    Rohan 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 highlight
    As 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.
    Links
    Email: rnigam88@gmail.com 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigamrohan/
    Quotes
    “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.” 
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    When 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 Influences
    Rohan 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 Epiphanies
    The 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.

    • 55 min
    Denise Shamlian – Beauty Endures

    Denise Shamlian – Beauty Endures

    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 highlight
    As 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.
    Links
    Email: deniseshamlian@gmail.com 
    Website: www.getupgetoutgetwell.com
    Quotes
    “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.”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Denise 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 Influences
    Denise 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 Epiphanies
    In 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. 

    • 43 min
    Nselaa Ward – Not Afraid of No

    Nselaa Ward – Not Afraid of No

    Bio for Nselaa Ward
    Madam 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 highlight
    As 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.
    Links
    Email: nselaaward@gmail.com 
    Website: http://www.ninavafirm.com/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/nselaaward
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nselaawardfanpage
    Quotes
    “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.”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Since 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 Influences
    Nselaa says that she was a talker as a child, and could go on for hours on end. 
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Growing 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. 

    • 49 min
    Luis Gonzáles – Have Some Fun

    Luis Gonzáles – Have Some Fun

    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 highlight
    As 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. 
    Links
    Email: luis.gonzales@fierceinc.com 
    Website: https://speakonpodcasts.com/luis-gonzales/,https://fierceinc.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luisgonzales/
    Quotes
    “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.”
    Takeaways
    Influential 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 Influences
    Luis 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 Epiphanies
    Luis 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. 

    • 41 min
    Amy Lynn Durham – Corporate Mystic

    Amy Lynn Durham – Corporate Mystic

    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 highlight
    As 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.
    Links
    Email: amy@amydurhamconsulting.com 
    Website: https://createmagicatwork.net/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CreateMagicAtWork/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/createmagicatwork/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/createmagicwork
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amydurhamexecutivecoaching/
    Profile: https://speakonpodcasts.com/amy-lynn-durham/ 
    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.”

    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Amy’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 Influences
    Amy 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 Epiphanies
    Amy 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!

    • 40 min

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