March 21, 2011 Leave a comment
What we’ve been doing…
It’s been a busy start to the year. I have enjoyed working with the Asia-Pacific leadership team of the International Committee for the Red Cross, delivering corporate keynotes, working with the leadership team of an ASX listed company and working with the ABC to facilitate the ‘Freedom of Expression’ event in Jakarta. Emma Kettle has been in Honiara working on Australian/Local Staff Intercultural Essentials for an Australian client, Tom Parker has been delivering training on Intercultural Communication in and working on our new ‘Parents enabling Asia literacy ‘ program with peak parent bodies, the Asia Education Foundation and funded by the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations. Ramona has been working with an internationally focused government client on Values and Ethics – training their trainers to take our BI program in-house, as well as continuing to deliver ‘Intercultural Essentials’ programs around the country. Robert Bean, our Adelaide based consultant has also been delivering ‘Intercultural Essentials’ programs for government. John Fawcett, our NZ based consultant is currently directly engaged with the provision of counselling services to government in Christchurch. After 30 years of post-crisis HR Consulting, this is the first time John has had to work in this capacity in his home country.
Joe Crumlin, our International Negotiations specialist has been working with our team to deepen our understanding of values-based negotiation. It’s interesting to note how the ability to engage with others, to find common ground and understand deep values not only underpins effective negotiations, it is also essential for good business, and effective intercultural engagement.
Honey has stepped into a new Client Relationship Management role at BI and is coordinating our service delivery. It’s been a busy time for our home base in Surry Hills as we’ve also transitioned all of our IT systems and platforms and moved from PC to Mac. We have even deeper empathy for our clients undergoing change and transition as a result!
Transitions and new people
Emily D’Ath, who has done a superb job of Coordinating the BI team for the past four years has now taken up a position in Corporate Social Responsibility in Beijing as an AusAID Youth Ambassador for Development. You can follow Em on twitter @EmilyDAth We have a wonderful new Administration Coordinator at Beasley Intercultural. Judy Hui loves excel spreadsheets and is keeping all of us organised. She also happens to speak fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English and has grade 8 piano.
Another intro – BI Consultant Tom Parker and his wife Rachel have just had their second daughter. Welcome to the world Lila and huge congrats to Tom, Rachel and big sister Sylvie. Lila will be speaking Mandarin in no time…
Former BI Consultant and member of the extended BI Clan, Dr Melissa Butcher, who is now based in London, is finishing her next book – watch this space. I’ve only read Chapter 6 so far and it is great stuff! Will tweet when it’s out.