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Podcasts | 28 Jun 2018

Episode 6: 'The Invisible Elephant' and Other Obstacles to Growth

Tom Verghese, Founder and Principal Consultant of Cultural Synergies, joins us for our sixth podcast where we discuss Asian leadership.

DIAN Decade Thought Leadership Podcast Series features a number of leading D&I experts that we have worked with over the years with Asian market knowledge. Each podcast will address a different topic, depending on the expertise of the featured expert.

'The Invisible Elephant' and Other Obstacles to Growth

In today's globalised marketplace, it is important to develop leaders who have a truly global mindset – which may be more Asia-focused and less Western-centric than in the past. Tom Verghese, executive cultural coach and author of ‘The Invisible Elephant: Exploring Cultural Awareness’, shares the nuanced tools and methods he has developed over the years to build dynamic leadership styles for Asian leaders.

Tom Verghese

Founder & Principal Consultant, Cultural Synergies

Tom Verghese is an internationally renowned consultant, presenter, executive cultural coach, author and founder of Cultural Synergies. Tom’s expertise is cultural intelligence, inclusive and ethical leadership, and the promotion of sustainable global leadership and high-performing international teams. He has over two decades of experience working in the field of cultural intelligence, taking him to over 40 countries. Working with diverse business leaders around the world has provided him with an international perspective and experience as a specialist consultant who equips organisations and their teams with the skills to effectively work within and across cultures. With an extensive client base of Fortune 500 companies, he successfully works with a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, airlines, manufacturing, banking, education, and food and beverage. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, Graduate Diploma and Masters in Education and Training, and a Diploma in Management. His qualifications, experience and multicultural skills position him as an authority in the cultural intelligence and global leadership fields. He applies a practical approach in assisting organisations understand and leverage cultural awareness and diversity for successfully positioning their business in the global marketplace.

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Supporting Partner

We are grateful to Sean Gu from AudioLabHK for their production support.