Building Cultural Diversity

Build Cultural Diversity Encouraging business and society to accept people of all cultures and colours at all levels of government and public and private enterprises.

Leighton Executive shares his cross-cultural experiences and observations

Monday, November 04, 2013

‘How did you get up there?’ is a question many managers with sub-continental backgrounds often ask Dharma Chandran, who migrated to Australia in the 1980s and is now at the top of his game as Chief HR and Corporate Services Officer for Leighton Holdings. In this and his previous executive roles at Ernst & Young and Westpac, Dharma regularly witnesses the business benefits of diversity and the costs of not having enough diversity at senior levels.    Read More...

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Votes and 'followship' come to those who inspire

Friday, August 23, 2013

With just days to go until the election questions have arisen around the diversity of our country’s leadership and the major factors holding back Australia’s productivity and growth on the world stage. People are looking to Rudd or Abbott for a message from the heart (because it’s vision, values and passion that inspire ‘followship’ not a job title or rhetoric) but both men seem to have forgotten their voters comprise immigrants from most counties in the world and that 50% of them are not male.  Read More...

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Excerpts from Stepping Up: on Cultural Diversity and Redirecting Country Culture

Friday, June 07, 2013

Why is the chapter on cultural diversity one of the shortest in Stepping Up? It’s because people interviewed had less to say on this topic than others. That is, the lack of non-Anglo-Saxon people in positions of authority or power was not yet recognised as a cost or opportunity to society. How can we pride ourselves on being one of the most multicultural nations of the world and not notice that the only people we permit into the driving seat are descendants of those who arrived in the First Fleet? Read More...

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Downing Teal on benefits of cultural diversity in WA

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Mark Nicolas of Downing Teal, an executive search firm specialising in the resources sector in Perth, recently shared his insights into the changing demographics of Western Australia. He identified many challenges and benefits that the immigrant workforce is having on the local culture and says that having people from many parts of the world settle in WA cities brings a global perspective and experience that would otherwise not be there.  Read More...

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Purpose of this blog

Monday, May 06, 2013

Have you ever been totally immersed in the culture of a different country? You not only see the differences, or hear the differences, or read the differences - you FEEL the differences. Differences that can inspire, educate, shock or delight and which can change your life forever. We are missing out when we are not culturally diverse at all levels of our society, and being more diverse in business, means being more cross-culturally capable and ready to grow through Asia.
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