Lunchbox/Soapbox: Mark Yettica-Paulson: Cross Cultural Leadership
In this short lunchtime talk, Mark Yettica-Paulson adopts a metaphor of three dances to argue for meaningful progress in cross cultural dialogue. ‘The dance of language is not about carrying around a list of trigger words to use or not to use given your context. It’s about listening for purpose, and practicing different types of conversation,’ he offers.
In 2010, Yettica-Paulson’s company The Yettica Group developed The Inter-Cultural Framework. This initiative was designed for a very specific reason. Having a clear understanding of the sensitivities and protocols surrounding Indigenous cultures is vital, but how do people involved in cross-cultural events attain this knowledge?
Mark has been at the forefront of establishing cross-cultural leadership groups in Australia for the better part of a decade, and in this Lunchbox/Soapbox, he argues for their importance in developing Indigenous leaders who can work within frameworks outside of their cultural backgrounds to promote understanding.
Mark Yettica-Paulson is an Australian Indigenous man from southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales. Mark is the founder and director of The Yettica Group, specialising in Indigenous leadership and intercultural facilitation.