Jason Elsegood loves running his business so much that he never feels as though he’s at work.
“It’s just part of my life,” he says.
“You have to be committed when you’re in business, you have to be passionate about what you do.”
“One of the most important things is to be comfortable about the business being such a major part of your life.”
Jason is one of the Territory business success stories at October Business Month.
He is the sole director of Cross Cultural Consultants and co-director of IE Project, a Darwin based Indigenous employment company specialising in providing employment opportunities to Aboriginal Australians through a range of innovative practices and programs.
Jason is the Chair of Northern Terrritory (NT) Indigenous Business Network and a director of the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“Being an Aboriginal person helps me be passionate about what I do,” he says.
Cross Cultural Consultants, which has been operating for 30 years, provides highly effective and innovative training solutions, consultancy, community and stakeholder engagement services to support clients to better work cross culturally across all facets of their business.
“The Northern Territory (NT) is a unique and complex cross cultural environment as there are 73 remote communities, more than 50 languages and 125 dialects spoken here.”
Many people experience ‘culture shock’ when working with people from a dramatically different culture.
The company has found that educating people who are going to work in Aboriginal communities improves the ability to deliver better culturally aligned services and outcomes. This is particularly important in fields such as health and education.
“If people can examine their own cultural backgrounds, they will see how culture can impact on their beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours as well as of those around them.”
Darwin-based Cross Cultural Consultants is not confined to the NT - its community engagement skills have won the company major contracts interstate and even South Africa and Asia Pacific regions. Many companies nowadays want to engage with Aboriginal people and businesses, but don’t know how to go about it.
Jason is proud to say that he was born and bred in Darwin and has no plans to leave.
He worked for both Australian and NT governments before joining his dad’s consultancy business in early 2003.
“I was lucky because my dad already had a successful business running.”
Cross Cultural Consultants works with a range of clients, including the NT and Australian governments, global resources companies and Aboriginal organisations and has a range of solutions to support sustainable outcomes including:
- cross cultural training and e-learning services
- community and stakeholder engagement
- mentoring and staff development
- Aboriginal business and workforce capacity building
- reconciliation action planning
- strategic and policy planning and advice.
Jason will present as a Territory business success story at: