Unlocking Cultural Agility with Marco Blankenburgh

The KnowledgeWorkx' podcast Unlocking Cultural Agility was launched on November 1, 2021.  The podcast explores the stories of some of the most advanced intercultural practitioners from around the world so that you can unlock your own cultural agility.  Marco Blankenburgh went in conversations with these different intercultural practitioners and dig into the in-depth sharing in cultural agility.

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The Episodes


Join Apollo Perelini and Marco as they explore the bridge building power of rugby across cultures.

Apollo Perelini is a former professional dual-code international rugby union and rugby league footballer. Now he is the High Performance Manager of the United Arab Emirates’ Rugby Federation. In 2021, he organized the first-ever friendly match with the national rugby teams of Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Learn more about Apollo’s work at

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The role culture plays in sports: from the players’ culture they bring with them, to the team culture they join, to the culture of the sport as a whole.

  • What being a high-performance team really means.

  • How sports can be used to bridge the most divisive cultural gaps.



Join Corrina Cross as she explores how understanding empathy, personality, and intercultural wiring helps managers create powerfully productive teams. 

Corrina is a People Skills Consultant and Lead Facilitator at The People People.  She has been in Dubai for 27 years and in the middle east for many more years. She helps business owners and managers improve teamwork, increase productivity and reduce turnover through learning and development solutions. Her intercultural background inspires and intrigues.  

Examine the depth of self-culture with her as she connects it to everything from corporate teams to mothers-in-law. 

You will learn about: 

  • How empathy, personality, and cultural agility combine to create effective teams 
  • How to engage in this new world without borders 
  • The role that people skills will play in a future alongside Artificial Intelligence



Join Paul and Matt, leaders in coaching as they talk with Marco about the intersection of culture and coaching. Along the way, they share their own personal experiences in intercultural marriages and intercultural work environments.

Matt is an internationally credentialed coach of 10 years experience, founder of North Point, and a past president of the Dubai chapter of the International Coach Federation.

Paul’s career as an executive coach and chartered accountant spans more than 28 years working in personal & organizational change, sales, leadership, conflict management, financial planning & analysis, system implementation, and project management. He works with clients ranging from Chief Executives to high potential talent and entrepreneurs.

You will learn about:

  • The intersection of culture and coaching.
  • How managers become better leaders through Inter-Cultural Intelligence and coaching.
  • How an anchored understanding your own culture helps you engage interculturally.
  • How to create safe intercultural spaces where your staff is empowered.



Dive in with Linda Berlot— Entrepreneur, Executive, and Certified Team Coach. Listen as she shares her story as a uniquely wired cultural human being. They will not just talk about the “what” of differences, but will go deeper and explore the “why.”


Linda is the owner of an International Team Coaching Practice and an ICF accredited coach training school that provides professional and personal development for multicultural executives in the field of team dynamics and change management.

You will learn about:

  • Creating a third cultural space.
  • Looking at culture from an individual perspective versus a national perspective.
  • Cultural and system dynamics on teams.
  • Self-Cultural Analysis

Get in touch with Linda Berlot at