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Who are we?

Taruni Falconer & Associates, formerly Intercultural Dynamics Pty Ltd, is a consulting and coaching company committed to facilitating leadership capacities in individuals and in organizations. We provide a knowledgeable, globally connected and welcoming space in which leadership can be explored, learned, practiced, and stretched.

We have supported multinational corporate and government teams on five continents for over 25 years. This means mind-sets and skill-sets for working with culturally diverse colleagues, counterparts, and clients in the areas of cultural transitions and integration, leading across cultures, multicultural team development, and global competency assessment (GCI/IES).  Additionally we have a proven track record in providing Asia-focused business preparation.

Our consulting and coaching supports leaders to respond to the dynamism and uncertainty of changing times and contexts with emotional intelligence, courage, curiosity and clarity.

What are the new capabilities needed in 21st century leaders?

Practitioners and researchers in leadership have identified capabilities that take us beyond the constants such as integrity, competitive advantage, excellent customer service, and the capacity to communicate a compelling vision.

These are the new dynamics required of leaders:

  • Thinking globally

Historically, business leaders could focus on regional and domestic markets. Now, even if operating in the domestic market, business leaders must think in terms of global implications.

  • Appreciating cross-cultural diversity

Previously minority interests and gender diversity were high on the leadership agenda. Now leaders must additionally understand and appreciate their culturally diverse employees as a potent resource.

  • Being technologically savvy

Leaders must know how technology impacts their core business so they can hire, instruct, and take advantage of its gifts. This means taking a learning orientation to technology and its new demands.

  • Sharing leadership

Business leaders used to know more than their direct reports. Rather like an Apprenticeship Model, it was about “telling”.  Now employees are knowledge workers so leadership is moving fast from  “telling” to that of “asking”- ask, listen, learn, share. This requires emotional intelligence.

  • Learning agility

The leader of the future is continuously learning. Developing learning agility enables access to fresh insight and capacity to respond.