Social media started streaming onto our PC’s and into our lives in the early 90s. It gained huge following rapidly as everybody wanted everybody else to know about me, me, me (and me!) “Where can I be found, what am I looking for, who can I connect with?” became the new paradigm. Our thinking became…
Conscious businesses are resilient and courageous. They value innovation, spontaneity and the unique talents of their people.
They have courage to:
- take a long-term focus
- maintain stability through balancing knowledge and skill with intuition
- embrace strategic agility, essential to succeed in these challenging environments.
To ensure your people respond to complex demands of a volatile economy, insight must be coupled with – readiness, responsiveness and revitalisation, plus a clear story. For an organisation’s story to have real economic value in today’s disruptive world, it must be clearly understood by all who associate with it — internal and external stakeholders. We are thought leaders with you, ably guiding and advising you to
- define the ‘shape’ and design the ‘story’ that best serves your organisation,
- create the culture to do business optimally,
- and really live your story.
Shaping teams for spontaneity and growth starts with realising individual and collective purpose.
Ongoing success for the organization requires:
- shaping a collective purpose for the team,
- developing resilience,
- resolving differences and
- ensuring their unique capacitance can be fulfilled.
We work with individuals to help them know their strengths, what they bring to the team. This helps to define and shape the collective to best support the organisational goals and develop agility. When they understand the story of their organisation, they can create an environment enabling them to live their story, and define ways to sustainably walk this truth.
In today’s demanding 24/7 world, building and maintaining resilience is an essential leadership quality.
Most people, and executives especially must be able to access and develop a fuller range of their possibilities. Leadership today means being better and being different, working wiser, and in full integrity with your deepest self. We call this “shapeshifting”, rather than coaching. It is a deep awareness of self-reflection. We work with you to:
- truly look in the mirror and honestly ponder your own mental models
- determine what is important to you and to all others
- deal with the anomalies and address those behaviours that do not serve well,
- honour your highest values and aspirations and
- shape your leadership story.
The process is both holistic and pragmatic, and an authentic leader needs both. Through reflection on our inner world and that of the outer in which we operate, we are able to identify meaning, connection and purpose, and to be who we want to be. “Leadership is not a guarantee, it is a journey.” Our leadership development process is conducted in a safe environment, allowing the deepest work of transformation to occur.
Global Literacy is the core element of successful global leaders required to achieve results in unfamiliar environments.
It requires leaders who are aware; who know who they are; and who know their fundamental values. They know the rules that guide their decisions and understand and appreciate the different values of their global counterparts. We help you develop global literacy encompassing four intelligences: business intelligence; cultural intelligence; social intelligence; and personal intelligence – all vital to your effectiveness in your cultural adventures, within increasingly diverse workplaces. Our range of cultural intelligence programs, are tailored to individual client needs and include: working internationally, global leadership and cultural shapeshifting.
Shaping your legacy requires conscious awareness of your perspectives, and how they shape you and your story.
Our passion for what we do helps individuals walk tall, owning the core of who they are, and expressing themselves skilfully at work and beyond. We purposefully challenge you to ‘think better’ beyond the known, tried and true; to expand horizons, synthesizing diverse views to realize the best possible paths. All of this is crucial to making wise choices and is integral to living consciously. We take you on that path. “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it” — Brené Brown Having the clarity of purpose is the key to making wise choices. It takes mindfulness and awareness of ones intentions and actions. Perhaps this sounds left field, and it is our intention. Walking Tall leaders are comfortable in their own spontaneity and outrageousness.
About Cultural Shape Shifters
Every individual, organisation and culture has a story – how you live that story is what matters. We help you shape your story.
Cultural Shapeshifters is a consortium of expert talent, guiding individual leaders, their teams, and organisations and communities to think, behave and create differently. Our cultural shaping process is built upon our Walking Tall philosophy – “To lead is to walk at the edge”. Our holistic approach supercedes conventional boundaries, addressing cultural and people issues, creating innovative and sustainable working environments. We help our clients align people’s values and behaviours with strategy, promoting responsibility and conscious choice through impactful solutions.
“Shapeshifting is the capacity to shift the shape of an individual’s story and that of the collective through transitions – in essence purposeful shifting, purposeful change.”
We act as thought leaders with you, guiding and advising as you define and shape your story. We use a scientific and investigative approach, designed to embrace new thinking with proven wisdom. We use the methods of rethinking and reforming to ensure our own thought process is fresh and innovative.
Through our unique shapeshifting process we guide you to see and more deeply know and appreciate the ‘webs’ in which you operate.
Specializing in cultural transformations, leadership development, team dynamics, cultural dynamics and expanding thinking
Our Shapeshifting-Facilitation-Advisory services include:
- Shaping the Organizational Story to support the culture
- Development of EQ, CQi, and SQ to enable better engagement, alignment and sustainable performance in leaders teams.
- Owning Your Story and shaping legacy through insight and action
- Developing Mindfulness through a scientific and intuitive approach
- Developing Resilience Mirrors, clearer thinking and personal mastery
- Leading Change using knowledge of neuroscience, behavioural patterns, and managing transitions
- Influencing with Integrity across complex structures
Delivery is tailored for personal and organizational needs. Forms of delivery include:
- Shapeshifting engagements for individuals and teams
- Workshops – highly interactive, outcome focused and supported by actions and follow-up.
- Blended learning – webinars, surveys, workshops, cohort and individual shapeshifting
We embody what we do, as we support our clients through the shifts towards integral thinking.
Cultural Shapeshifter’s people are accredited practitioners and extraordinary thought partners.
Anna leads Cultural Shapeshifters, a consortium of accredited practitioners and extraordinary thought leaders. A shapeshifter and guide, she works as a leadership advisor and systems change agent. For 30 years, Anna has focused on individual and collective transitions and transformations, drawing on her behavioural training, capacitance work to define the story and establish new possibilities. Her wealth of international experience and appreciation for different views is invaluable where cultural differences are involved. She specializes in executive transitions and leadership development, with a particular focus on cultural transitions. Anna holds a Masters Degree in OD, majoring in Chaos, Complexity and Creativity, focusing on human and organisational dynamics. She also has a Fine Arts degree and is passionate about design. Prior to establishing Cultural Shapeshifters in 2003, she worked for international organisations in Europe, Australia and Asia. Currently based in Sydney, Australia with extensive work throughout Asia.
Cellene works with you to deepen your awareness, enabling you to be a more effective leader communicating with clear intentions. Cellene has over 25 years experience in both private and public sectors as diverse as pharmaceuticals, health, financial services, music and management consultancy. She worked as a manager, consultant & coach, senior executive and board director, has broad cultural experience in various world regions and a deep understanding of global leadership issues. Cellene’s strategic capacity enables her to see patterns where others see complexity, sees potential blocks and around corners. Her high energy enhances engagement. Cellene has worked internationally, as an executive coach, with clients ranging from Fortune Top 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, in the USA, Europe and Australasia. Currently residing in Seattle, WA, USA, travelling extensively in Europe and to Sydney (Australia) . She speaks, English, Dutch, German and French.
Jeremy is a thought shaper, fostering the conditions for shifts to arise and for new stories to take shape. He specializes in individual transformation and collective transitions with a focus on cross cultural work and multicultural environments.
More than 20 years working with top global companies leading organizational change in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, has given Jeremy a deep understanding of the challenges facing today’s leaders. He has travelled extensively through Asia, Central and South America, and been a teacher of mediation and yoga at one of Europe’s top retreats. This capacity is integral to his approach in transitions and shaping one’s story.
He has provided guidance to business owners, executives, and people facing personal and career crossroads. His wealth of experience and genuine commitment to helping people reach their potential is a result of his appreciation of different perspectives and his drive to serve others. Jeremy is currently residing in Auckland, New Zealand.
Diane is a mindshifter, shaping your thinking to align with what is truly valuable to you as an individual, and thereby allowing you to be an exceptional leader in whatever field you are operating. Specializes in executive transformation and leadership development with particular focus in multi-cultural environments. More than 25 years working with Fortune 500 companies whilst based in Hong Kong, has given Diane an intimate understanding of global leadership issues. She has provided executive and personal guidance to senior level executives and owners of a wide range of businesses in Hong Kong, Europe and USA. Her wealth of experience, commitment to shaping clients thinking to jump-start their transitions is a result of her appreciation for different views and life experiences. Currently residing in Hong Kong, SAR, travelling extensively within Asia, the USA and Europe.
Eileen is an exceptional people shaper. She redefines your thinking, enabling you to show up as an extraordinary leader, aligning you with what is truly important to you. Eileen specializes in executive coaching and leadership development with particular focus on multi-cultural environments. More than 25 years working with Fortune 500 companies in the USA, Europe, China and Hong Kong has given Eileen an intimate understanding of global leadership issues. She has provided executive and personal coaching to senior level executives and owners of a wide range of businesses across the globe. Her wealth of experience, commitment to shaping clients thinking respectfully, is a result of her extensive knowledge and her appreciation for different views. Currently residing in Colorado, USA, Eileen travels extensively within the USA, Europe and Asia.
We work with international corporations, entrepreneurs, small business enterprise, not-for-profit organisations, and the public sector. They all have one thing in common – they are courageous and willing to think differently.
Our clients include leading edge companies in many sectors such as accounting, energy, financial services, IT, medical technology, telecommunications, engineering and pharmaceutical industry. Our relationships are trusting and discreet. Cultural Shapeshifters’ guides and advisors have been active for many years in business themselves, and enjoy working with our clients.
- Shaping Cultures
- Shaping Dynamic Teams
- Shaping Leaders
- Shaping Cultural Intelligence
- Shaping Perspectives
“This was one of the most insightful processes that I have experienced. Anna has a way of acknowledging differing views and finding the synthesis between them. The group became aligned to the vision and the story we wanted to embody.”
– CEO, Thomson Reuters
“After a merger, there was a need to bring differing views to the surface, create a common set of values and shape the culture needed to succeed in moving forward. CultureScan was used as a tool to align the language, embrace different perspectives and establish a blueprint for optimizing the future.”
– Group VP, Frucor
“Shaping our culture for an unknown future was always going to be challenging. The processes that my team and I have experienced helped us to make sense of the differences and utilize these to assist us in developing a stronger entity. Anna was instrumental in identifying these differing views and finding the synthesis between them.”
– CEO, AVA
“The 3 day workshop was more than teambuilding, it was developing deeper awareness, understanding and collaboration to define how we create understanding and respect for different values, approach to business and move forward as a group following the merger.”
– Senior Executive, Singtel Optus
“I have had the chance to work with Anna in two different organizations with three different leadership teams. She has proven himself an outstanding facilitator.”
– CEO, Media Executive, Mindshare
“Bringing together 3 departments with very different areas of focus, to form a key Division, required acknowledgement of expertise, contribution, defining the underlying strengths that each individual brought to the team, enabling the shaping of a common story, a set of values, from which to position the division for maximum influence with its stakeholders.”
– Director, UN-ESCAP, IDD Division
“Throughout my coaching, Anna exposed me to a combination of practical techniques and theoretical concepts which I was able to relate to my own situation, which also challenged me to develop new approaches, and was extremely valuable to me personally and professionally.”
– CFO, RocOil
“My Cultural Shapeshifters coach was able to provide clear, concise and direct coaching that empowered me as an individual to develop a realistic action plan that lead to my desired results, and contribute to taking the company in a new direction.”
– Regional VP, Finance, Omgeo
“Change is inevitably uncomfortable and significant personal change is often excruciating as we discard the old and comfortable and try on the new and unknown. In working with Anna, during our leadership program the group felt safe to deal with some of these patterns that were holding us back from reaching our leadership potential.”
– Director, Thomson Reuters India
“This was an enlightening process for me, helped me understand my own cultural profile and how it shaped my leadership style. I would recommend this to any expatriate leader.”
– Director Marketing, Kellogg’s
“I realised the challenges of being a global leader, engaging my team, and implementing the change agenda, required astute navigation. Cultural Shapeshifters helped me in understanding my own profile and how to adapt to what was needed by my cultural team.”
– Senior Executive, Deutsche Bank
“In any merger situation, the cost of cultural conflicts can be significant if not addressed directly and effectively. Cultural Shapeshifters process was instrumental in the re-alignment of our newly integrated executive team. Anna’s unique ability to assist people in re-aligning their focus has enabled our team to re-focus on achieving significant business deliverables.”
– Group VP, Singtel Optus
“Anna helped me understand who I am at my core. What I love about Anna’s coaching style is her ability to consistently tune into me and maintain a dialogue of intensity that feels both comfortable and challenging. Anna’s insights had real impact and enabled me to expand my thinking, examine my thought patterns and deeply investigate who I want to be and do in this world.”
“Everyone comes into your life for a reason, though often that reason is not so apparent. Anna was one of those individuals whose reason has never been in doubt, to guide and catalyze my personal growth. Over the last 3yrs of working with Anna I have learnt that sustaining myself on all levels is my first obligation, from where all else flows.”
“This was one of the most insightful processes I have undertaken. I found my ‘place’, and would recommend it to anyone serious about shaping their legacy.”
– CFO, AJC
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