Beasley Intercultural Newsletters
At Beasley Intercultural we’re looking forward to relaxing over the holidays and the luxury of uninterrupted time for reading, listening and thinking. Below the Beasley Intercultural team share the accompaniments for the upcoming road trips, beach and river time, or for just sitting on the couch enjoying some wine. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
Saturday Extra ‘A Foreign Affair’ Geraldine Doogue – ABC Radio
Geraldine Doogue’s dulcet tones are always a pleasure, and her weekly program/podcast has an extraordinary breadth of presenters. Tamerlaine featured on ‘A foreign affair’ in August 2018 discussing ‘culture, collaboration and the region’.
This podcast is a series of in-depth discussions with practitioners and leading experts on the shape of the future workforce. During each discussion emerging trends are discussed, including their impact on how Australian’s work.
This podcast is in association with the Mandarin, which is always a great place to catch up on a range of topical issues relevant to all those working with, or for, the public sector in Australia.
Tamerlaine features in episode five ‘Navigating cross cultural communication.’
This ABC Series features Beasley Intercultural Consultant Matilda Emberson’s beloved sister Jill and the personal account of her battle with ovarian cancer.
Being a professional broadcaster Jill tells her story very poignantly, the highs, as well as the lows. There are gendered aspects to ovarian cancer – as a rare, underfunded and lethal cancer – the symptoms of which women and their medical advisers don’t always have the language or comfort in discussing – more often than not until it is too late.
Although this maybe should be under the ‘reading’ category, as it’s also a great book, the audible version of this book is superb. There’s nothing better than listening to an autobiography narrated by the author.
Hillbilly Elegy is all about culture and context, and is best experienced when the names and accents are local, and just as they should be. This ‘book’ is strongly recommended for anyone who wants to understand more about Trump’s America, the risks of binary us/them thinking, and the importance of empathy in a polarising world. It’s a great story, a personal tale and one which Tamerlaine loved so much she was walking to work so she could finish listening to it.
Season 1 of this American podcast dives deep into the President Nixon Watergate affair. Each of the major figures in the scandal are introduced and the presenter is excellent at helping the listener create a mental map of interconnecting people and events. Lesley, who works in Beasley Intercultural head office commented “For someone who wasn’t born, and only had casual knowledge of the events of Watergate, Season 1 required ‘binge listening’!”
Season 2 demonstrates how a United States Special Counsel investigation can begin down one path, but end up exposing many others! This season takes a very close look at the Bill Clinton Whitewater investigation. It provides fantastic history, which you could speculate still has ramifications for the political dynamics in the United States today.
Adding to the intrigue while listening to these podcasts is the looming shadow of the current Special Counsel Mueller investigations. How will history recount this time we are currently living in?
And if you like this genre, Beasley Intercultural Consultant Julie Webb loved a related podcast:
Russia if You’re Listening by the ABC.
Never be without a good podcast in your life again. An abundance of high quality programs on everything and anything that appeals to just about everyone! Beasley Intercultural Consultant Elizabeth Morris loves these podcasts and they have accompanied her on her many travels to Bogota, Jakarta and New Delhi this year.
What a phenomenon this podcast has become. Chat 10 looks 3 has now spawned an entire global community of tens of thousands, an ongoing series of sell out events, and a range of merchandise. Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales have really hit a sweet spot with their focus on creating a ‘community of kindness’ where they ‘chat’ about movies, books, work, life and family. Elizabeth said this podcast got her through a long road trip this year. Tamerlaine also likes to listening to it on a plane as it’s a sound of home, and a source of great books and movies.
This is a great series for the holidays, particularly listening with daughters, nieces, and for that matter, sons and nephews! Each short episode gives a history of a remarkable Australian women who have made a difference. This podcast uses sound to bring each story to life. It’s a great collection of bite sized pieces of Australian history.
Julie says “I have learned a lot about people I had heard of, but didn’t know lot about beyond the headlines.”
Julie says “Actor Miranda Tapsell and comedian actor Nakkiah Lui talk about life, love and work as an aboriginal woman in Australia (my words – theirs would be way funnier).”. It’s described online as “Nakkiah and Miranda have conversations Australia is uncomfortable having—about sex, relationships, dating, power, and, most difficult of all, race.” This podcast is a great snapshot of modern Australia.
The series is described as: “A look into the lives of fascinating people, whose stories shed light on the wider social issues facing Australia, and the world. We flip the script on who we include, who we don’t, and how we can do better in everything from gender, race, mental health and disability, through to the inclusion of LGBTQI+ and Indigenous communities.”
Over six episodes, you hear the stories of politicians, journalists, athletes and executives with advice on how to master The Art of Inclusion. Beasley Intercultural really loved this 6 part series from the Diversity Council of Australia and wishes they would make more!
Preparing to Lead in a Crisis, Peter Dunn
A book written and published by a member of the Beasley Intercultural team just has to be top of the list for us! Peter has had an extraordinary career, as a Major General in the Australian Army, working around the region and the world.
Peter has worked in many crisis situations, and conducted reviews of leadership and organisational responses, including in the ACT bushfires. In recent years he’s focused much of his efforts working with indigenous communities in his work as Chair of Malpa. He’s also been leading educational reform programs in Saudi Arabia. In this book, Peter explores critical elements of success: challenging unconscious biases, thinking strategically and leading inclusively.
Click here to buy a copy.
An amazing publication produced in Marrickville in Sydney’s Inner West and punching above it’s weight in global distribution and readership. The Mekong Review is a literary magazine from Southeast Asia. Every quarter, it publishes book reviews, essays, interviews, profiles, poetry and fiction from the region and beyond.
Put together by Minh Bui-Jones who was born in Vietnam and came to Australia in 1978 as a refugee. Bui-Jones began his media career in TV as a researcher and producer for SBS. He worked as a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald, then later founded or co-founded four magazines focusing on Asian current affairs, including The Diplomat in 2001. Why not subscribe, or buy someone you love a subscription for Christmas?!
The Founder and Editor Tyler Brule is quite a personality, and one of the few people who, in this day and age, manages to deliver a hard copy magazine with interviews, great articles and a network of writers around the world. It’s sometimes a little ridiculous on the design front– ‘the best fit out for your personal jet’, but we particularly love the international relations, community and small business focus, and profiles of fascinating people who make a difference.
This series is edited by Greg Earle who is on the Board of the Australia ASEAN Council with Tamerlaine. It is a great collection of writing on contemporary ASEAN.
Volume one comprises ‘twenty essays from the leading and emerging Asia watchers on Australia’s foreign policy in the region, business connectivity, community links, shared regional challenges, Asia competencies and cultural diversity’.
Volume two focuses on the ASEAN region and Australia’s relations with its South-East Asian neighbours. The ASEAN edition focuses on the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held in Sydney – the first time Australia has hosted the forum on its shores, and one of the largest gatherings of Asia’s leaders in Australia’s diplomatic history. Each article is a quick read and a good introduction into many of our friends and colleagues in the region.
Griffith Review 61: Who We Are
Edition 61 focuses on the issue of multiculturalism in Australia, the opportunities offered, complexities involved, and how it has shaped our identity as Australians.
Beasley Intercultural Consultant Ramona Singh says “As the daughter of Dutch and Indian parents, people’s experiences and perspectives of multiculturalism have always fascinated me. At Beasley Intercultural, we are always asking our clients to identify what it means to be Australian. This is a great book to add to the conversation.”
The Griffith Review is a quarterly publication featuring essays, reportage, memoir, fiction, poetry and artwork from established and emerging writers and artists. Each edition focuses on a contemporary theme, enabling pertinent issues to be aired and discussed in a public forum.
Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe
One of Peter Dunn’s recommendations, this book shines a light on the misrepresentation of many elements of Australian indigenous history – particularly the realities of settlement and agricultural management of the land. The book provides fascinating evidence and insights into the way Australia was actively farmed, managed and lived in by Australia’s first nation peoples. It is critically important to not only record these stories and living memories, but also to understand them and the implications for our nation’s story into the future.
New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
This was read and enjoyed by a few members of the Beasley Intercultural team. Elizabeth, Geoff Health and Tamerlaine all agreed it’s essential for understanding the way power is being exercised in a rapidly changing world.
New York Times columnist David Brooks calls “the best window I’ve seen into this new world.” Jeremy Heimans was co-founder of ‘GetUp!’ so it also has an interesting Australian angle.
Hit Refresh, Satya Nadella
Tamerlaine has spent a lot of this year deepening her understanding of how digital transformation is shaping dynamics in the region and the importance of leading change within our global clients. This book is written by the CEO of Microsoft and explains his personal journey of change in the past four years transforming the business through engaging with diversity, embracing agile and design thinking and radically transforming the approach of the business.
Nadella has made some missteps along the way, and as all leaders, is not perfect – he learned a valuable lesson on the power of social media when he suggested the gender pay gap would simply be resolved if women waited to be recognised! That said, his humility, willingness to own his learning and his explicit focus on growth mindset and inclusive leadership is interesting to learn more about.
Not Just Lucky, Jamila Rizvi
Ramona has been leading our gender training team this year and thinking a lot about related in issues. Ramona says “In these days when many men are feeling blamed for women’s woes, Jamila Rizvi shifts the focus from men to women in explaining why women are promoted less, listened to less and earn less in the Australian workplace.”
As women, when we do achieve success, we often attribute it to luck rather than acknowledging our own hard work and sacrifice to achieve our goal. Ramona enjoyed the humour, personal anecdotes and solid research of this book. If you’ve ever uttered or shuddered at the words “women are their own worst enemy”, you might enjoy it too.
Border, Kapka Kassabova
Ramona loved Kassabova’s book and said the complex history, politics and mythology of this particular border captured her imagination. The concept of borders and the people who cross them is always controversial. Kapka Kassabova emigrated with her parents from Bulgaria to New Zealand at the age of 25. Two decades later she returns to explore and understand the border that Bulgaria shares with Turkey and Greece. When she was a child the border was designed to keep Bulgarians in, preventing them from escaping a totalitarian regime. Today the border is designed to keep Middle Eastern refugees out.
Kassabova’s account is of personal experiences of villages and people that have been ruled by Ottomans and Communists, have survived as spies, smugglers and border guards and have observed Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
A Moonless, Starless Sky, Alexis Okeowo
Ramona loved these stories of resistance and survival, endurance and resilience, from a perspective of empathy and curiosity. There are 4 stories in this book including a Ugandan schoolgirl who is kidnapped by an army, given to a young soldier as his bush wife, then builds a life and family with him.
The author, Okeowo, was raised in Alabama by Nigerian parents, spent time in Uganda as a newspaper intern and then in Nigeria as a reporter. Feeling neither wholly American nor African, an outsider in both places, enabled her to write with a unique perspective on the lives of “ordinary women and men fighting extremism in Africa”.
A few classics: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, and Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones
Matilda says she’s a recent convert to re-reading much loved books. She has enjoyed reading again Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient and Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things (the latter so much more vivid after visiting Kerala).
Next on her list is one of her favourite books Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones – set on Bougainville, PNG during the crisis – the book illustrates the transformative power of great literature. With no resources other than a copy of Dickens’ Great Expectations, the stand in teacher reads aloud to the children, including main character, Matilda who subsequently goes on to study English literature in Australia. The descriptions are incredibly evocative and Jones doesn’t pull any punches about the misdemeanours of PNG soldiers trying to round up rebels.
Happy Lunar New Year
It’s celebration time – Happy Lunar New Year! Saturday January 28 will be start of the Year of the Fire Rooster.
What is Lunar New Year?
Lunar New Year is a the most significant holiday of the year across much of Asia, with the largest celebrations in China and Vietnam. It’s also known as ‘the Spring Festival’, or ‘Chinese New Year’ in many places.
The date of Lunar New Year changes annually as it is dictated by the cycle of the moon. Celebrations can last up to 15 days and involve visiting friends and family, gift giving, new clothes and loud firecrackers to herald in the new year and chase away bad spirits.
What’s the relevance for me?
Be aware of the implications of Lunar New Year for your clients, colleagues and customers across South East Asia and China. Be mindful of scheduling events, meetings, or expecting major decisions to be made – people are in celebration mode and may be on leave.
Lunar new year is the largest annual net migration of people on the planet. One billion people will travel home or away on a holiday! More than 600,000 people will move through Beijing train station each day.
Take a look at this video http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38724062 to get an idea about the scale of the event.
The Year of the Fire Rooster – the year ahead
According to the Chinese zodiac, the Fire Rooster is seen as hardworking, resourceful and courageous. If you are born into the year of the Rooster, you may enjoy being the centre of attention and be a very confident individual who enjoys maintaining many relationships. This is a year for scrutiny and planning. It may be a year of putting many resources into completing a few tasks perfectly.
Happy Lunar New Year to all our partners and clients from Beasley Intercultural.
Beasley Intercultural provides strategic advisory services and cross cultural education programs to global businesses in highly complex and rapidly changing environments.
It’s great to be back in the office re-energised and ready to go. Did you know Beasley Intercultural is celebrating our 20 year anniversary in 2017?
This year we will be reflecting on our 20 year journey and sharing some of the amazing experiences, client case studies and adventures we’ve had along the way.
We will be sharing our lessons learned about how the world of work, of global teams and has changed, and highlighting key insights.
Join us in the celebration. If you have any experiences of Beasley Intercultural to share, we’d love to hear from you. We look forward to the next stage of the adventure!
Did you know one in five Australians speak a language other than English at home? And yet so much of our advertising and marketing is not reaching this $190 billion market. Inclusion is core business, and getting it right makes a difference to employee engagement, performance and the bottom line.
Last night I attended the Australian Multicultural Awards at the Sydney Opera House. It’s been wonderful, as an adviser to Multicultural NSW, to see the evolution of this event, and great to see the business case so clearly articulated. I think Geraldine Chin Moody from Virgin Australia summed it up so succinctly:
“Success is when we don’t talk about diversity any more and we talk about inclusion. It shouldn’t matter who you are – it’s what you have to contribute”
As Geraldine emphasised, inclusion is so important for effectively accessing, managing and leveraging diversity. Virgin took an
internal employee-driven approach to their diversity campaign. The good news is, Virgin are reflecting this principle in their advertising. What a great campaign ‘Together we fly’.
As we highlight in our successful, global, Inclusive Leadership program, inclusion takes effort, focus and a commitment from leaders. Get in touch if you’d like to enable a more inclusive culture in your organisation.
It was a delight to attend the ‘Leading for Change: Blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership’ report launch today at Westpac Barangaroo and catch up with so many friends and colleagues. The report highlights the lack of cultural diversity in Australian leadership and makes the case for change. As also explored in the Diversity Council of Australia ‘Cracking the Cultural Ceiling’ Report, this issue still needs to be addressed.
It’s good to shine a light on what’s really happening – to frame an issue and make it explicit. But when we have the numbers, and we know they need to be better, what do we do? There is no ‘silver bullet’, no ‘magic wand’. As Rebecca Lim from Westpac so succinctly said “it’s not easy, but that shouldn’t stop us from getting started”. Change is a process. It doesn’t happen in one step. So, we’ve got the awareness, there’s some desire, it’s now time to build capability.
The next stage of the conversation needs to address: what works; what’s challenging; and how do we do this well? Without supporting capability, there’s the risk such reports will result in racial stereotyping and reinforcement of bias. Let’s focus on how inclusion works, how leaders can engage more effectively within and across cultures, and how they can support a high-performance culture where everyone contributes their best.
Find out more about our Inclusive Leadership Program. We have delivered the program in well over 15 countries, and it’s making a difference.