Australia is a place of surprising contrasts, from its flag featuring the Southern Cross constellation alongside the British union jack, mobs of kangaroos frequenting semi-rural housing estates, and regular visits by historic tall ships to Sydney Harbour. Anomalies extend beyond what is visible in the landscape to many aspects of contemporary Australian culture. They are apparent in the behavior of Australians, in their relationships, and in management practices. Come and explore the values, facts and behaviors needed for successfully interacting with and influencing Australian colleagues both in the workplace and in social life.
Karen Huchendorf has been involved since the early 1970’s as a consultant, trainer and coach in the field of intercultural relations and has prepared thousands of people for work or lifestyle transitions, ranging from participants in international educational exchange programs to corporate executives and their families on long- and short-term international assignments. Born in the US, Karen has lived in Australia since 1988. With Nipporica Associates and Dr Fran Brew of Macquarie University, she co-authored the Cultural Detective®: Australia.