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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

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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.

    Chidi Iwuchukwu – Come To Canada

    Chidi Iwuchukwu – Come To Canada

    Bio for Chidi Iwuchukwu
    Chidi Iwuchukwu's first book, Coming to Canada, is an Amazon Bestseller. He is an award-winning banker with over seventeen years of experience. He is currently a Disability Support Manager with MirkaCare Services Inc. 
    Episode highlight
    Chidi Iwuchukwu was groomed to lead from the moment he was born. Listen in on how his Nigerian background, military upbringing, and early mentorship shaped him into the leader he is today.
    Links
    Email:
    chidi@transit2canada.comchidispeaks@gmail.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/chidiiwuchukwu
    Instagram: @chidiciwuchukwu 
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chidi-iwuchukwu-ma-52859714/ 
    Twitter: @ChidiCiwuchukwu


    Quotes
    “Opportunities are out there for you if you prove yourself.”
    “There’s a thin line between aggression and assertiveness.”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Chidi had a disciplined childhood due to his military father and credits his father with teaching him to plot the course of his own life. His mother taught him life lessons through stories, and his grandmother’s belief in him shaped his personality.
    Since Chidi was the oldest child, he was looked to for leadership. Having to be composed, take charge, solve problems, and find ways around challenges has helped him become a responsible and accountable leader. 
    Influential Groups 
    Chidi’s former boss (now mentor) has had the biggest influence on his career by giving him responsibilities greater than his experience warranted and breaking his mental barriers to become bold. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Chidi is a passionate person, giving all of his passion and energy to focus on a project. He also focuses on the big picture, thinking about what the next five-year plan looks like, taking his team along towards the vision. 
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Chidi learned about different attitudes, belief systems, and philosophies in different cultures of the world through his travels. Moving to Canada has helped him embrace diversity in every aspect of life and be tolerant of different ways of being. 
    He shares that even though the West is perceived as superior in its women empowerment practices, his culture values the older sisters in a family much more, and his country pays equal wages for equal work. Even though parenting practices are different, children are precious to all cultures. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    Chidi thrives when he is given clarity on the goal and the empowerment and freedom to reach it himself. He is on a journey of exploration to find new ways “to do the job that might not be yet discovered”. 
    More Great Insights! 
    Chidi’s book is a guide to settling into Canadian life for everyone, not just immigrants. He encourages leaders to translate their skills, passion and experience to lead their communities.
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    • 43 min
    Sam Chang – Perfectly Parented

    Sam Chang – Perfectly Parented

    Bio for Sam Chang
    Sam Chang is the Founder and CEO of VTMEMBER—a virtual assistant company that he scaled from $0 to $65k in monthly recurring revenue in six months. 
    Episode highlight
    By building a culture of belonging and excellence in his company, Sam Chang has created a world where everyone is seen not only for who they are now, but for their potential for growth.
    Links
    Email: sam@vtmember.ca
    Instagram: instagram.com/itssamchang
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-chang-07912285/
    Websites:
    www.vtmember.cawww.vtmember.ca/universityQuotes
    “Sales and communication, and anything you want to get better at, can be learned.”
    “Care without candour is caring about the person’s emotions, and candour without care is caring too much about the person’s potential but not how they feel.”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    At the age of two, Sam immigrated to Canada from Taiwan with his parents. Growing up, Sam’s parents taught him Mandarin and used to call him a “chatterbox” when he was little.
    However, because he didn’t speak English, he struggled to make friends at school and was introverted. He was also bullied and shunned. 
    In college, he began earning very well as a meat salesman, which led him to drop out of school at 19. The "cold call scene" in The Wolf of Wall Street taught him that any important skill can be learned.
    Influential Groups 
    Sam’s military father used corporal punishment to make Sam the highly disciplined person he is today. His mother counter-balanced his father with her love, understanding, and compassion. 
    Taekwondo and playing the piano from a young age instilled discipline in him. The church taught him leadership based on love and compassion. 
    The cut-throat corporate world did not let him sustain his loving and compassionate leadership style. However, a cancer scare in 2017 made him shift his intention from himself to serving other people. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Sam claims that he was born an extrovert but became an introvert due his experiences in school. He was able to later restore his extroverted self by using acting as a way to become a successful salesman. 
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Sam quit his job at Ledcor when he realized that the culture was not one of employee development. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    Sam claims to have been the underdog his whole life and is passionate about nurturing others who have potential. The other person’s willingness and desire to be successful brings out the best in him. 
    More Great Insights! 
    You can access Sam’s online sales university today at a flat rate of 349 USD before it turns into a monthly subscription!
    Support the show

    • 36 min
    Julien Lefort – At Home In Many Places

    Julien Lefort – At Home In Many Places

    Bio for Julien Lefort
    Julien Lefort is a diversity, inclusion, and resilience-focused business coach. He now focuses on teaching businesses how sustainability and resilience have direct ties to diversity and inclusion.
    Episode highlight
    As a Frenchman, Julien Lefort grew up with the influence of many cultures, learning about diversity and inclusion from a young age. Listen in on how he developed resilience by embracing the differences in the people around him.
    Links
    Email: spencer@outlieraudio.com
    Website: https://wearefutureminds.com
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julienl/
    Instagram: @wearefutureminds
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearefutureminds
    Quotes
    “For me, home is where I am because I can make it home.” 
    “When we look at the things around us, we want to feel like we are in control of our lives and we are in control of the circumstances but we can’t always be.”
    “Resilience, for me, is the ability to prepare for and deal with and bounce back from challenges, stressors, anything that may happen to us.” 


    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    With three brothers and sisters, Julien always considered himself to be “the shy and timid child” of his family, but was always told by others that he is an extrovert. 
    Influential Groups 
    Julien credits his Senegalese stepfather with expanding his knowledge and helping him develop better connections across cultures, which helps him in his work today.
    As a child, Julien observed both religious and non-religious members of his family, and was free to pick his inclination.
    Julien claims that the coaching community has helped him both personally and professionally. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Julien was born with an “analytical and logical mind.” He has grown into developing the creative and innovative side of his personality. 
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Julien was livid when he read in an in-flight magazine on Lufthansa that a German director thought France did not have good bakeries! 
    He assumed one of his Moroccan friends to be comfortable with the French custom of a greeting kiss, but she was not. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    For Julien, the most important aspect of a working relationship is being open. He also works to create a trusting space where people can communicate and grow. 
    More Great Insights! 
    Julien highlights that there are some simple things to do to become resilient: connecting better with others, learning more about other cultures, and the differences amongst the people we come across.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 45 min
    Dele Ajele – Leave Things Better

    Dele Ajele – Leave Things Better

    Bio for Dele Ajele
    Dele Ajele is Co-Executive Director and franchise owner of Corporate Connections® Alberta South as well as BNI Alberta South, Canada. Dele is also a business coach and consultant with a passion for helping entrepreneurs create a strong foundation for sustainable business growth. 
    Episode highlight
    Listen in on Dele Ajele’s journey from an engineer in Nigeria to a business consultant in Canada! 
    Links
    Email: dele@bnisalberta.ca
    LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/deleajele/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dele.ajele/
    Websites:
    www.bnisalberta.cawww.corporateconnections.caQuotes
    “Don’t ever equate work with suffering.”
    “Work has an intrinsic value in itself.”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Dele’s Grade 6 teacher was also his Grade 4 teacher. He noticed Dele’s relatively low academic performance, and was experiencing problems at home. He adopted Dele, which elevated his status as a student, and boosted his confidence and ability to succeed in life. Dele’s father taught him that “work is a privilege” and to value the opportunity to work while always giving his best. 
    Influential Groups 
    Dele explains that his family and ethnic culture taught him to be considerate of everyone in the community in his decisions and actions. He became a practising Christian in his 20s and the teachings of the Bible inspired him towards collaborative and servant leadership, based on kindness and generosity. His engineering training taught him to be thorough and focused in everything he does. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Dele claims to have always been nurturing, caring, and inclusive, believing that “there’s hardly any job worth doing if it means trampling over people.” He is a listener and likes to think of himself as a catalyst for individuals to discover the best in themselves. He has worked on developing his outgoing side, talking to strangers, and making them feel comfortable. 
    Cultural Epiphanies
    In Nigeria, you acknowledge and greet an older person “in a certain posture and very deliberately”, and help an older person carry their belongings. When Dele first moved to Canada, he thought it was rude that people didn’t do that. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    Dele loves when he can take someone from a place of confusion to identify a clear vision for their lives and have them be prepared to take on the steps to get there. 
    More Great Insights! 
    Dele’s advice is to “leave people feeling better about themselves than when you met them” by finding the treasure in them, bringing it to their awareness, and being good listeners. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 36 min
    Robert Manolson – Fun at Work

    Robert Manolson – Fun at Work

    Bio for Robert Manolson 
    Robert Manolson is a certified career counsellor, and creator and workshop facilitator of Powerful Play Experiences to enable positive workplace mental health for teams. 
    Episode highlight
    Robert Manolson is on a mission to inspire workplaces, especially during the pandemic, to embrace the value of fun at work. 
    Links
    Email: robert@powerfulplay.ca
    Website: www.powerfulplay.ca
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerfulplay
    LinkedIn:
    www.linkedIn.com/in/robertmanolsonhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/powerful-play-experiences-edmonton/Instagram: www.instagram.com/powerfulplayexperiences

    Quotes
    “I’m of the belief that if we incorporate more fun at work or happy at work, more joy, more team engagement, that’s just good mental health - that’s good positive workplace mental health.” 
    “The #1 reason why everybody calls me to do a workshop is because they want more kindness in their workplace!”
    “Regardless of your community, regardless of who makes up that community, we’re all deserving of kindness. Everyone deserves kindness regardless of the.. differences in community.” 

    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Robert grew up in a Jewish neighbourhood in Montreal, with playtime being a big part of his childhood. 
    When his family moved out of Montreal, leaving the safety of the Jewish neighbourhood made him very private about his faith. 
    His high school guidance counsellor guided him towards a community recreation leadership program where play was the focus of the course. He also pursued a master's in leisure and recreation studies. 
    Influential Groups 
    Robert has overcome years of struggle with keeping his faith private and is now coming to terms with being comfortable talking about it. 
    Growing up, Robert observed mental illness issues on both sides of his family. He has worked to find peace in his own mental issues of depression and anxiety, and make conversations on this subject appropriate.
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Robert shares anecdotes of his mother’s kind nature. This impacts the work he does today, in trying to encourage kindness at the workplace through the vehicle of play.
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Robert had to learn about First Nations people and get accustomed to how different life was in Alberta compared to the Jewish neighbourhood in Quebec.
    Advice to an Employer 
    Robert thrives in working relationships that are kind, caring, respectful, open and those that celebrate diversity. Smiling and laughing together is also important to him at work. 
    More Great Insights! 
    Reach out to Robert for a fun session of play at work to change the energy and culture of your team!
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 46 min
    Laurika Booysen – I Am Because You Are

    Laurika Booysen – I Am Because You Are

    Bio for Laurika Booysen 
    Doctor Laurika Booysen is a family doctor passionate about empowering people in their own health journey. She currently works at a community holistic health and wellness center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 
    Episode highlight
    As a South African family doctor, Laurika Booysen helps her patients see themselves as the beautiful and capable souls they are while taking on her own homework of detaching from any preconceived assumptions about what they should do or be to live whole and healthy lives. 
    Links
    Email: laurikab555@gmail.com
    Quotes
    “We are all so different and unique so what works for one patient… might not work for another patient.” 
    “When you can dream it, you can believe it.”
    “Your culture plays a role and your culture is part of your strength.”
    “Maybe we will just agree to disagree and that’s a way too.”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Growing up in South Africa, Laurika didn’t understand segregation even though she was surrounded by it. She was privileged to attend a good all-girls school with exposure to multiple events and competitions. 
    As a teenager, she was involved in many cultural activities, brought home people of different cultures and visited their homes. She has always enjoyed learning about other cultures and experiencing different family dynamics. 
    Influential Groups 
    Laurika comes from a family of teachers and looks at her medical practice as similar to teaching and coaching. Her family also has a military background, which taught her about righteousness and justice.
    Traditionally, the aspects she has imbibed from her culture are about loving people and food, and being authentic and respectful. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Laurika desires the best for everyone and wishes they reach their highest potential, but she has learned to be more accepting of who they are now and what they need, without pushing them to do what she thinks is good for them. 
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Eight months into living in Canada, Laurika felt depressed, dissociated, and disconnected due to a cultural shock, and was not able to shake it off. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    Laurika claims the biggest gift she can receive is “seeing people flourish.” She values freedom and autonomy on the job so she can flourish too. 
    More Great Insights! 
    Laurika and her team are working to build a community health center on the west side of Edmonton to help community members and their future generations live empowered, autonomous lives. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

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