Cultural Change :: Identity and Belonging
"Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and believe?" - Scott Turrow
How do you define your identity and belonging?
How are these shaped by your environment and current situation?
How does this impact our thoughts, emotions, and interactions in daily Life and Work?
We live in a world where everything tries to make you something else. Our identities are constantly shaped by our experiences, self-perception, and how we want to be seen. Humans are social beings, we naturally seek acceptance and a sense of belonging in order to feel comfortable being our true selves. Identity is never static, nor our surroundings. As a result, we sometimes lose our sense of identity and belonging when our environment or situations change. How do we balance being adaptable with being who we are? What can new experiences teach us about ourselves and the world?
Join us for this month’s Change Talk with Culturalist Expert & Coach Lesley Lewis to explore:
* What is Identity and Belonging?
* How do these notions manifest in our daily lives and work?
* How do we cope when our opinions and beliefs differentiate from those around us?
* How can we create meaningful connections in a new cultural context or environment?
* What is the impact of these factors on our thoughts, emotions and behaviours?
About Lesley Lewis
Ms. Lewis is the founder of Culture3Counsel Limited. She has much experience in Asia, Europe and North America working with top executives in leading financial services organizations, multinational corporations, and governments including the U.S. Department of State and the Hong Kong SAR. Her specialties encompass executive coaching, leadership/assertiveness training and cross-cultural development with a focus on individuals within the context of organizational development. She is a frequent speaker throughout Asia on cultural issues that affect international executives and is often quoted in leading international publications. In addition, Ms. Lewis teaches graduate courses for a U.S. university.
Executive Coaching for a variety of different leadership teams, investment banks, insurance companies and fast moving consumer goods has been Ms. Lewis’ focal point for the past three decades. She focuses on new leadership transition, high potential talents and seasoned executives moving in to expanded roles. Her knowledge and techniques from organizational development and industrial psychology assist to accelerate growth and development for the individual and inside the organisation. Ms. Lewis brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of Executive Coaching tailoring solutions for the individual and businesses.
Ms. Lewis believes that in all global organizations, there are cross cultural issues which are clearly visible, such as language and humor, or far more subtle, such as coaching, individual work styles and group relationships. To help companies succeed in a multi-cultural environment, she approaches cross-cultural situations by examining the similarities as well as the differences. She works with teams and individuals on perceptions, misunderstandings, cultural systems, cultural experiences, and commonalties. While some call this cultural competence, Ms. Lewis prefers to call it cultural sensitivity and understanding. She customizes the coaching programs to address the needs of the individual clients and the organization. Ms. Lewis is familiar with the unique challenges and experiences global business people encounter and assist them to reach their highest potential. Morgan Stanley, UBS, JP Morgan, ING, Deloitee Touche Tohmatsu, Swiss Reinsurance, L’Oreal, Goldman Sach, ITG (Investment Technology Group) and Societe Generale are a few of the companies where she has conducted executive coaching.
In addition to working with the employees in the organization, Ms. Lewis has done extensive cross-cultural development with families working with the partner/spouse and children. She feels it is an essential ingredient to assist the family members in their adjustment and adaption to a new culture and environment. She has worked with children of all ages for over thirty years in many different capacities. One of her special interests for the last twenty-five years has been “Culture3 Individuals” (“third culture kids”). She has given many talks and workshops in this area and is conducting research on this topic.
Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Administration, a Masters of Education (cross-cultural speciality) and a Masters of Educational Psychology.
She is a member of the Hong Kong Coaching Community, WBOC (Women Business Owners Club), ASTD (American Society for Training and Development), Hong Kong Psychological Association, SIETAR, Global Coaches Network and the IWF (International Women Federation), and will soon become a member of APAC (Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches).