Lionel Laroche
Diversity in the Workplace and Multicultural Workforce Expert
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Lionel Laroche is a famous experienced speaker providing cross-cultural diversity in the Canadian workplace training for universities & companies worldwide. Lionel Laroche has published learned but practical articles examining the impact of cultural differences on business and human resources that have appeared in over 30 trade magazines.

Expertise in

  • Communications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth & Strategy

Speaker Types

  • Bilingual/French
  • Career Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Inspirational
  • Psychological Safety
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Justice & Human Rights

LIONEL LAROCHE BIOGRAPHY

Over the past 18 years, Lionel Laroche has provided cross-cultural training, coaching and consulting services to over 75,000 people in 18 countries. Lionel specializes in helping professionals and organizations turn the challenges that cultural differences create initially in most organizations into a source of creativity and innovation. Lionel Laroche is a very dynamic, entertaining and educational speaker/facilitator. He has presented at over 250 conferences and venues all over the world. Furthermore, he has served a wide range of business, government, academic, professional and non-profit organizations through his work.

Laroche is also a tireless author. He has published learned but practical articles examining the impact of cultural differences on business and human resources. His publications have appeared in over 30 trade magazines published in eight countries.

Lionel Laroche has written three books:

  • Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions, which has sold over 4,000 copies (2002).
  • Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Diverse Employees, which has sold over 6,500 copies (2007).
  • Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage, which has sold over 3,000 copies (2013).

Throughout his consulting practice, Lionel Laroche makes use of his 30 years of international engineering, management, sales and human resources experience, working with people from over 60 countries. He has worked in eight different countries for several multinational companies, including Xerox, Procter & Gamble, British Petroleum, and Jeumont-Schneider.

Born in France, Lionel Laroche obtained his Diplôme d’Ingénieur Polytechnicien from the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris. Laroche also holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He worked for Procter & Gamble in Canada, Germany, Italy and the U.S.; he also worked for Xerox and British Petroleum. In all cases, he was part of multinational project teams where cultural differences had far more of an impact than most of his teammates realized. This led Lionel Laroche to start his own cross-cultural consulting firm in 1998. As a result of his up-to-date knowledge and expertise, Lionel incorporates all the lessons he has faced within Canada’s work environment and the information he learns through his consultation practice to every audience.

Lionel lives back and forth between Calgary and Toronto.  His travel fees depend on where he is located during the time of your event.

The Cultural Dimension of Leadership

  • What makes you a good leader? The answer to this question varies significantly from country to country. Think about it this way: Would George W. Bush have been elected in Canada? Not a chance. Would Jean Chrétien have been elected in the USA? No way. Yet, they were both elected and re-elected in their home countries. When choosing a leader, Americans want someone who has a vision and the ability to implement this vision (including the ability to force their opponents to accept their vision). In contrast, Canadians want someone who can find solutions that everyone can live with. While most leadership models tend to consider that the characteristics that make people good leaders are universal, this example suggests, and our experience and research demonstrate, otherwise.

    This Interactive session is designed for anyone who leads or wants to lead culturally different people because the organization they lead is culturally diverse, global or both. It explores how cultural differences impact several critical elements of leadership, such as managing projects, helping teams reach their full potential, making decisions, managing conflicts within a group or an organization, and building trust. By combining powerful diagrams, insightful anecdotes and practical tools, this interactive session helps participants determine how they can adapt their approach to leadership to increase their influence on the culturally different people they want to lead – be they clients, employees or other stakeholders.

  • Keynote Presentation

Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage

  • The workforce of many organizations in Canada looks like the United Nations; it includes people who were born and educated in many different parts of the world. Since the way people were brought up has a significant impact on the way they think, communicate and respond in a wide range of professional situations, cultural diversity creates both challenges and opportunities. In most cases, the challenges come first; the benefits come when people from diverse cultures have learned to work with and trust one another. They can then come up with innovative solutions because they look at the same problems from different angles.

    Using insightful presentations combined with experiential exercises, case studies, role-plays and group discussions, this presentation/workshop helps participants understand the impact of culture on people’s thought processes so that they can communicate and work more productively with culturally different colleagues. Participants learn and discuss best practices to help their organizations form a new inclusive culture, which becomes a competitive advantage for their organization to achieve better business results.

  • Keynote Presentation

Attracting and Integrating Foreign Students

  • For most universities and colleges, attracting and integrating foreign students is a clearly-defined strategic goal given the higher fees these students pay compared with domestic students. In many cases, both faculty and staff realize that this creates some challenges, since foreign students have different ideas when it comes to education. For example, concepts like academic honesty and initiative often seem foreign to many of them. They also approach higher education in a different way, focusing on their grades, taking summers off to go back to their home countries and taking a wide range of courses. In addition, the way they interact with faculty and staff creates challenges on both sides.

    Using insightful presentations combined with experiential exercises, case studies, role-plays and group discussions, this presentation/workshop helps participants understand how the educational system is structured in the home countries of most foreign students and helps them understand how this educational system has shaped the way foreign students think, communicate and respond. Participants learn and discuss best practices to help their universities/colleges modify their approach to foreign students at the individual level, the program level and the faculty level.

  • Keynote Presentation

Taking the Effectiveness of Your Multicultural Project Team to the Next Level

  • Cultural differences bring both advantages and disadvantages to teams. While differences in thought processes and perspectives generate creativity, innovation and growth for everyone involved, the same differences often create frustration and misunderstandings. When they are not caught early enough, these misunderstandings lead to rework, increased costs, lost productivity, and missed deadlines; in the more severe cases, they can lead to lost customers or workplace accidents.

    This session explores what being a good team player means in different cultures. Using a powerful experiential exercise and insightful diagrams, Lionel helps participants understand the differences between collective and individualistic teams and provides concrete tools to bridge the gap among multicultural team members. Participants come out of this session with a renewed sense of purpose and better communication protocols within their team.

  • Keynote Presentation

* Most of our work comes from internal referrals. For example, a keynote address at a Professional Development Day for the staff of one Canadian university led to three different projects, each with different parts of that university.

* We did a series of 20 workshops for Scotiabank IT leaders, starting from the CIO and his direct reports all the way down to all IT team leads. At every level, people said that they greatly benefited from attending our workshops and recommended to their direct reports that they attend.

* Dr. Lionel Laroche was awarded “Trainer of the Month Award” from Microsoft for his training session.

* “Lionel Laroche, and his company MultiCultural Business Solutions, have greatly helped us individually and collectively to better analyse [our cross-cultural] difficulties and to find concrete and effective solutions. Thanks to him, we are convinced that it is possible to have soccer and hockey players play together on the same field and win the game together.” Jean-Michel Gires, CEO, Total Exploration and Production Canada

Demonstration of Impact

* “Lionel was an amazing speaker with very relevant information to share. His real-life examples and stories helped everyone to relate better to what it was he was saying and the message he was trying to get across.”

* “Lionel is very knowledgeable about this topic and was fantastic to listen to and collaborate with.”

* “Excellent session, great presenter, engaging presentation. Great practical take-aways. I hope to work with the speaker in the future. Worth attending the conference just for this.”

* “You will see that the feedback received regarding your session surpassed this number in all areas and was very successful.”

* “I have plans to change my approach on a few things in my daily work and in my workshops. Not only will I apply this information, I will share with anyone willing to listen.”

* “Several “”A-ha”” moments”

* “Brilliant speaker and topic made very compelling.”

* “Great speaker, knowledgeable, great presenter and entertaining. Could have listened and learned all day.”

* “The most concrete, practical and frank cross-cultural material I have ever seen in my 20 years of practice!”

* “When measuring the success of a session, we look for a mean score of 4.0 or higher. You will see that the feedback received regarding your session far surpassed this number in all areas and was very successful.”

* “We received great feedback from your sessions and many delegates said it was the best of the conference!”

Feedback from Presentations at Conferences

Most participants, regardless of their position within colleges or universities, describe our workshops and presentations as thought-provoking, informative and practical. We often hear comments like “Now I understand what happened last month!” and “My colleagues need to attend this workshop.” Indeed, most of our work comes from internal referrals. For example, a keynote address at a Professional Development Day for the staff of one Canadian university led to three different projects, each with different parts of that university.

The impact and effectiveness of our workshops can be measured by the evaluations we obtain at the end of each workshop. Our workshops are almost invariably in the top two or three professional development workshops offered by the organization. On a 10-point scale where 1 is poor and 10 is best, our workshop / presentation overall ratings exceed 9 at least 95% of the time. Many participants describe our interventions as “too short” and felt they had much more to learn and discuss.

A study conducted by one business school where we made presentations to both staff and international students showed that they made a lasting impression on both students and staff:

* The students who attended our workshops demonstrated:

o Greater integration of international students (e.g. Indian students mixing with Chinese and Canadian students)

o Earlier realization that focusing on grades alone will not result in career success, and subsequent earlier involvement in extra-curricular activities and seeking career support services

o Less resistance to required career programming

o Improved intercultural competence and confidence

o Stronger understanding how to fit in and be successful in the Canadian workforce

* The staff members who attended our workshops demonstrated:

o Improved empathy for the experience of relocating to Canada to pursue education and a life here

o Improved willingness and ability to adapt and be flexible to the needs of international students, and to take non-standard approaches to do so

o Improved ability to design programming with the perspective of an international student in mind

o Improved understanding of ways in which to get the best participation, engagement and results from international students

Learning Outcomes – University and Colleges

Most participants describe our workshops as thought-provoking, informative, practical and entertaining. We often hear comments like “I wish I had known this six months ago, when I started working with India” and “My colleagues need to attend this workshop.” Indeed, most of our work comes from internal referrals. For example, we did a series of 20 workshops for Scotiabank IT leaders, starting from the CIO and his direct reports all the way down to all IT team leads. At every level, people said that they greatly benefited from attending our workshops and recommended to their direct reports that they attend.

The impact and effectiveness of our workshops can also be measured by the evaluations we obtain at the end of each workshop. Our workshops are almost invariably in the top two or three workshops offered by the organization. Dr. Lionel Laroche was awarded “Trainer of the Month Award” from Microsoft. On a 10-point scale where 1 is poor and 10 is best, our workshop overall ratings exceed 9 at least 95% of the time.

Learning Outcomes – Corporate Sector

IN THE MEDIA

PODCASTS

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS

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Lionel Laroche CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Communications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth & Strategy
  • Business Management

Speaker Types

  • Bilingual/French
  • Career Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Inspirational
  • Psychological Safety
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
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