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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.

    Yadi Caro – The Culture Times

    Yadi Caro – The Culture Times

    Bio for Yadi Caro 
    Yadi Caro is a Puerto Rican Tech Consultant and Podcast Host. She works with customers to define the best tools they can use, and works with software developers to build great products.
    Episode highlight
    Yadi Caro has combined her natural affinities of introversion with a deep curiosity about cultures, people, and the tech world. Listen in on how she combined these passions together working as a Hispanic journalist in the US defense sector! 
    Links
    Email: yadiracaro@gmail.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yadiraycaro/
    Websites: 
    https://www.hardcoresoftskillspodcast.com/https://yadicaro.wordpress.com/Quotes
    “Being shy really helped me because I feel a lot of empathy in terms of… I’m always trying to be inclusive when it either comes to meetings or seeking out the opinions of others.”
    “I always questioned if we have a society that wants to be equal, why do women always have to be relegated to being the supporter of the house when we can have a truly equal partnership?”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Yadi claims she was an extremely shy introvert as a child and was always shielded by her family members. Moving away from home to study helped her come out of her shell.
    Influential Groups 
    Yadi was born and raised in the Puerto Rican countryside and lived with a “sense of community” in a family-oriented culture. In Florida, she shared a commonality with other Hispanic journalism students and was part of many such associations. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Yadi has always been a very disciplined person, a trait that helps her balance the many roles she plays today. She also has good communication and organizational skills, and claims to be a Type A personality, which pushes her to overcome challenges. 
    Cultural Epiphanies
    As a Hispanic person, family is important to Yadi and moving from Puerto Rico to the USA was a cultural shock for her, where relations aren’t as close as she was used to. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    For Yadi, creative freedom is important. “Give me a project then don’t necessarily tell me the way to do it”, she remarks. 
    More Great Insights! 
    Yadi’s podcast, Hardcore Soft Skills, focuses on specific soft skills in each episode, like communication, teamwork, and negotiation, that provide success in any project. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 32 min
    Raju Rajan – The Rewilding Journey

    Raju Rajan – The Rewilding Journey

    Bio for Raju Rajan 
    Raju Rajan is a Global Account Chief Technologist with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Founder and President of ReWild Long Island. 
    Episode highlight
    Raju Rajan is passionate about introducing people to the land, to native plants, and to the concept of rewilding. His idea is that if everyone starts with one small plant action, our relationship to the planet will heal. Combined with this planet passion mission is a deep understanding of the significance and role of technology, an area in which he has developed much expertise. 
    Links
    Email: raju@rewildlongisland.org 
    Website: www.rewildlongisland.org
    Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/23/well/mind/mental-health-climate-anxiety.html
    Quotes
    “Feminism really dismantles nationalism.”
    “No culture progresses without rebels.”
    “Trust breeds more confidence and it breeds more success.”


    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    At age seven, Raju was killing ants on the kitchen floor with his four year-old brother when his grandfather pleaded with them to stop. That “sense of empathy” and respect for life was an important part of the culture in his vegetarian household. 
    Influential Groups 
    Raju was the first male son in his anglicized, urban middle-class Brahmin family living in a patriarchal society. He feels privileged to have been born in India at the confluence of many religious and spiritual traditions which inform his political and environmental work today.
    His greatest influence comes from his work as a technologist, using tools to make community work more efficient. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Raju claims he gets angry very quickly and it has taken many years and wife’s patience to help him mellow down. He also needs to resonate with the reason behind any action before doing it. Working with customers has made him accepting, unruffled and professional.
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Moving to the USA from India was a cultural shock for Raju - seeing light-skinned people doing menial labour was a stark change from the skin colour-based society he came from. It was also unusual for women in the early 90s in India to do well in STEM courses, like the one he was in. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    Raju’s advice to the people he works with is, “Know what you are committing to but deliver on whatever you commit.” 
    More Great Insights! 
    Learn more about Raju’s work on his website. 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 55 min
    Richard Matthews – Learn To Fly On The Way Down

    Richard Matthews – Learn To Fly On The Way Down

    Bio for Richard Matthews
    Richard Matthews, Founder of Push Button Podcasts and FiveFreedoms.io, has helped many clients add more than six figures each year to their businesses using the techniques he developed over his many years of experience.
    Episode highlight
    Richard Matthews’ unusual, but systematic approach to life extends to running his business virtually from behind a curtain in his RV, and schooling his children on the road. 
    Links
    Email: richard@richardmatthews.me
    Website: https://richardmatthews.me
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AKATheAlchemist
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/akathealchemist
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akathealchemist/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AKATheAlchemist
    Quotes
    “The stronger the relationship, the stronger your ability to influence someone else.”
    “My superpower is in the realm of being able to see the systems behind things.”
    “One of the keys of building relationships is the ability to tell stories.” 
    “You can judge relationships based on how much of the other person's story you know.” 

     Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Around age seven or eight, Richard broke his grandmother’s expensive antique vase and was in tears. However, she told him that only his safety mattered, which, he notes, “set me on the path of who I am as a father and as a person in my family.”
    Influential Groups 
    Richard grew up in Murrieta, California, and his high school had 4,500 children, whose schedules were rotated so they could fit in the classes. It was because of this that he chose to go to a small college with 500 students after graduating.
    California is a mosaic of various cultures and languages, and his friend group was representative of that. He joined the Christian Club in college and was inspired by its leader who went on to become his mentor. He also belongs to a group called Fulltime Families, an RV club for families who travel with their children. 
    Temperament and Personality Influences
    Richard learned to acknowledge his influence as a storyteller and “the gravity of giving someone advice” when his friend acted on his advice about marriage. 
    Cultural Epiphanies
    Richard sees making the transition from a “solopreneur” to a CEO as an interesting cultural shift. 
    Advice to an Employer 
    Richard tells all his clients that they will always come second to his family. 
    More Great Insights! 
    Richard’s company, Push Button Podcasts, is a full-service podcasting agency that helps small businesses use podcasts as a marketing medium.
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 49 min
    Anthony Hayes – Grace Under Fire

    Anthony Hayes – Grace Under Fire

    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 highlight
    Listen in on how Anthony Hayes developed a niche in extreme crisis management by applying his own personal discretion to sensitive national and international crises. 
    Links
    Email: Anthony@hayesinitiative.com 
    Website: https://hayesinitiative.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonyjhayesnyc/
    Quotes
    “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.”
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Anthony 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 Influences
    Looking 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 Epiphanies
    Being 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 (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 38 min
    Sabra Saleh – Cultural Melting Pot

    Sabra Saleh – Cultural Melting Pot

    Bio for Sabra Saleh 
    Sabra Saleh is a Communications/Public Affairs Specialist with Syncrude Canada Ltd.
    Episode highlight
    As 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.
    Links
    Email: sabrasal@gmail.com 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabramsaleh/
    Twitter: @sabrasaleh

    Quotes
    “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?”

    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    When 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 Influences
    Sabra 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 Epiphanies
    When 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 (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 43 min
    Tim Dumas – Faith, Family, and Football

    Tim Dumas – Faith, Family, and Football

    Bio for Tim Dumas
    Tim 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 highlight
    When 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.
    Links
    Email: tdumas@servusleadership.com
    Website: www.servusleadership.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/servusleadership/ 
    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.” 
    Takeaways
    Childhood Incidents
    Tim’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 Influences
    According 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 Epiphanies
    While 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 (https://www.patreon.com/cultureandleadershipconnections)

    • 33 min

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