Editors Letter – Culture Edition

In 1994 Carl Sagan pointed out, The Earth is the only home we are ever likely to know… On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The Seekers tell a similar story closer to home. We are one, but we…

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Sports

An International Career

I played junior league rugby as a young kid and through high school. Our coach in the final year, Jeff Ball, really inspired and influenced us. Ten of us from that original school team went on to Randwick, where I ended up playing for 12 seasons. He taught us to run the ball, a style…

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Sports

Brad Vigon

I grew up in Los Angeles and started playing on old-fashioned roller-skates with the neighbourhood kids at 5 years old. It was not a popular sport, very atypical for the area, like it is currently in Australia. I only started taking ice skating lessons and playing organised games when I was 7. The first team…

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Sports

Coaching Beyond Language

As a South African-born, Australian-educated and raised young man, I have experienced a great deal of cultures in my time. Immediately after completing university, I packed my Pro Bag and left home to explore, play tennis and gain experiences in as many cultures as possible. Over the decades, I have learnt my share about cultures…

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Sports

Footys4All

African world leader, Nelson Mandela, spoke these words at the Laureus Sports Awards in the year 2000: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport…

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Cultural KO

As a teenager growing up in Liverpool in the seventies, there were only two options, either football or boxing. My brothers and I were actually quite accomplished footballers, so that was our main sport. Our father, however, had been a champion boxer in his younger days and was the chairman of the Golden Gloves Amateur…

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Racing into the future

The motorcycle racing journey started for me in 1975, but my passion for coaching began in 1979 when attending a motorcycle camp. I was 12 years old and my coach was Stephen Gall. The camp was amazing and from that positive experience, I knew that coaching other riders was something I would always enjoy. Little…

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Sports

Peter de Roo

I started playing as a young kid at 6 in Holland. I signed my first professional contract when I was 18/19 and I played the majority of my career with a club called Cambuur, which is in the higher division in Holland. While I wouldn’t say they struggled, it’s hard for a club with a…

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Sports

From Belarus to Brisbane

As a Belarusian myself, I spent many years studying and coaching gymnastics in Belarus and for the Soviet Union (USSR). Many now-legendary names passed through our doors and into the history books, triumphing at National, World and Olympic championships. In 1955 there was Olga Korbut, the first to ever do a backflip on the beam…

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Life

7 Tips For Coaching Chinese Clients, Players & Employees

One million. That’s how many of the people living in Australia right now were either born in China, or are the children of parents born in China. Quite suddenly, Chinese clients, players and employees have become a significant part of the business and athletic worlds in Australia. The Chinese are culturally VERY different from most…

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Life

Courage Through Cultural Innovation

Front line community work in Redfern, NSW is a training ground for the uninitiated. Cultures clash and boundary lines are constantly redrawn – often documented in the national media. It is a space where morality is tested and, for better or worse, personal qualities are revealed. It is also a place where human restoration, reconstruction…

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Life

Bernie Kelly

In 1986, I won third place in Toastmasters World Championship of public speaking and was named as one of five Young Australians of the Year. When these events launched my speaking career, I had just been adopted by Paul Dunn, a prominent Australian trainer, and I will always be grateful for the year I spent…

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Business

Dr Tony Draper

15 years of coaching in the Asia Pacific region and 18 years before this in corporate roles with a global company has given me the opportunity to experience many cultures. I have coached executives, run accredited coach training programs and facilitated workshops for leaders to develop a coach approach in North America, Australia, India, the…

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Business

Henley Coaching Culture

It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it – this is roughly where I’ve got to after a coaching career built from being a business psychologist a number of years ago, to building a coaching Centre at a Business School qualification programmes around the world. You learn a lot from working…

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Business

Cultural Intelligence – An essential tool for the professional coach

In Australia’s contemporary environment, working with colleagues and clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds is a positive attribute of our day to day work, be it as trainers, coaches, managers or business owners. Over the past 25 years working in the fields of management consulting, international education and executive education, I have seen first-hand…

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Business

THE CULTURAL CONNECTION CODE

As serendipity would have it, through a series of seemingly unrelated circumstances back in 2008, Kia Dowell and Chantal Harris found themselves working together to event manage the East Kimberley Aboriginal Achievement Awards. This regional gala event afforded them both the amazing experience of working with a number of Aboriginal Communities (including Kia’s home community…

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Business

BUILDING DIVERSITY

Changing the stereotypes one ‘voice’ at a time. I have always held the belief that teams are a mirror of their leaders. The behaviours and attitudes demonstrated by the leader are often reflected in their team’s outlook. For example, in one organisation I worked with, a leader was feeling quite frustrated that their mentoring program.…

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Business

What we have in common

UNDERSTANDING OUR COMMONALITIES TO FACILITATE SUCCESS In an increasingly globalised and technologically integrated landscape, the coach is now being asked to facilitate success for individuals from increasingly diverse cultural backgrounds. This engagement may be face to face or perhaps remotely via video conference – which in itself adds another level of complexity.   There are…

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Business

Coaching Across Cultures

Organisational coaching continues to make waves around the world. Its proven success means that its reach is extending across geographical borders. Arising in the US and UK in the early nineties, coaching became established in Australia in the mid to late 1990s. The concept of a coaching approach to managing is changing the way leaders…

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