“What kind of America would you like to have?”

Peggy Noonan, a WSJ columnist, asked a 2016 focus group of citizens about their vision for a better nation. Their answers included:

“a solid education system,” “no more war,” “people with joy in their work.” She noted the comments, unexpectedly, emphasized not individual desires, but rather “hopes [that] were communal, societal.”

Folks are trying to find—or rebuild—communal values, to restore some collective optimism to their lives. Throughout society: in neighborhoods, schools, towns, businesses, civic organizations, churches – people are searching for a new kind of leadership. And most people yearn for a diverse community that is authentic and intentional. 

When organizations successfully engage their customers, clients, staff, volunteers, students, employees—in other words—the folks in and out of the organization—they experience a 240% boost in performance-related outcomes (Gallup 2013). Unfortunately, 87% of organizational leadership struggles to achieve this because of a lack of understanding on what motivates, drives and satisfies persons from 4 generations and 100s of cultures. 

We believe that authentic community which positively empowers and impacts us is created through the development of one’s emotional, cultural and spiritual intelligences. Further, we understand the foundation for that development to be through our values, vision, and vitality.

 VALUES:

Our cultural values are the beliefs that influence our attitudes and frame our behavior. Understanding how values affect culture helps us succeed in developing strong relationships and partnerships. Cultural values are ideas and beliefs that influence our behavior, relationships, career choices, and daily interactions. Our values frame how we imagine, create, organize, serve, represent, produce, motivate, and empower. When we understand the underlying values of a culture, we are more successful in developing strong relationships and partnerships. 

VISION:

Our cultural vision is how we “see” another culture through our own biases, beliefs, experiences and stereotypes. Our cultural vision can confine us to repeat past mistakes and prejudices or compel us to new understanding and appreciation of another culture.  Culture brings meaning and value to what is happening around us. We interpret everything that is going on through our own cultural lens. How we “see” is impacted by personal biases, societal preferences, and historical geographical, governmental, familial, technological filters. Our cultural vision can confine us to repeat past mistakes and prejudices or compel us to understanding and appreciation of new relationships and innovations. 

VITALITY:

Our cultural vitality is the curiosity and energy that makes our entering another culture an adventure! Cultural vitality is the vibrancy and creativity that gives us a zest for living. When we are enthused about how we synergize creativity, expertise, experience, imagination, we engage in dynamic relationships and activity that leads to happiness and well-being, curiosity and interest in the world, hope and gratitude. 

 What do We Mean by CQ?

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is “The ability to relate and work effectively with people from different nationalities, ethnicities, age groups, and more.” (Central Intelligence Center)

CQ measures your capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. It’s a form of intelligence that has been tested by academic researchers in over 98 countries for nearly two decades. 

Diversity is an integral part of life. Our relationships are increasingly global and local. One of the most significant benefits of cultural intelligence is that it provides you with a “strategy and skill set for how to relate and work across cultural differences at both home and abroad.”

Global CQ is working and relating effectively across international cultures. Domestic CQ might be described as working and connecting effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds within your own country. 

Going beyond the notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness, CQ captures the capabilities of individuals and organizations that successfully and respectfully accomplish their objectives, whatever the cultural context. 

 What is EQ?

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is about understanding your own self. It starts with you and how you handle challenging situations. Stress in the workplace may lead to low morale, decreased performance, and ultimately may lead to conflict. 

The five core competencies of emotional intelligence include self-awareness/regulation, motivation, empathy and interpersonal skills. Our sessions offer an opportunity for individuals, teams, and organizations to:

  • Understand EQ & why it matters

  • Recognize the benefits of EQ

  • Expand your knowledge of emotional patterns in yourself and others

  • Understand how you use emotion to facilitate thought and behavior

  • Discover how you can manage your emotions

  • Build more effective relationships with people at work

  • Increase your leadership effectiveness

 Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is often described as a process “through which children and adults manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, show and feel empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” It is about how teaching and learning happens. SEL focuses on the following:

Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.

Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.

 Where does Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) fit in?

Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) is the capacity for discovering sacred meaning and purpose, vision and value, in everyday life. Experiencing the Holy within is often described as developing a feeling of inner peace, having a greater sense of awareness when in the natural world, and/or gaining balance and understanding in one’s connectedness with creation.

We appreciate the expression and experience of the Holy within all faith traditions and respect the longing to connect with the sacred that is within each of us.

Through our own experience and research, Synago Consulting recognizes appealing to our higher self, connecting to something more profound than our own humanity, desiring to lead a more vibrant and fuller life, is integral to developing cultural and emotional intelligence.     

 Who We Are

We help organizations and individuals relate to the challenges of working in new cultural settings. We provide assessment tools, workshops, and executive coaching for developing confidence in relating cross-culturally in the faith setting, the educational field, non-profit community development work, and with businesses working globally.  

Synago (sin-AH-go) is a greek word meaning “coming together.” Synago Consulting brings together principles and practices from Cultural Intelligence (CQ) research, Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusion, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and Strengthfinders 2.0.

Gary W Logan

 Gary W Logan

After nearly forty years in full time ministry Gary "retired" to begin Synago LLC, dedicated to working toward creating communities where there is a greater appreciation for and understanding of the many cultures in which we live and work. 

Gary has served as U.S. Armed Forces Chaplaincy denominational representative; presented professional papers at conferences in Washington D.C., Himeji, Japan, Chengdu, China and Valencia Spain; wrote a curriculum for global youth leadership development for Sustainable Hope working in Chiang Mai, Thailand; and has served locally on several non-profit boards.  

It has been Gary’s privilege to travel many places in the world (over 25 countries) and meet amazing and courageous people in many cultures. Gary lived in Seoul, Korea while traveling extensively throughout Asia. He has been blessed with family and friends who have roots on six continents (with international students and guests welcomed into their home for over forty years). Gary loves to run and has completed seven marathons, each time raising funds for organizations dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty. Gary finds that all of life is an adventure. Every day brings new experiences, new friends, new ideas, and new joys.

Experience and Expertise:

  1. Partner with the Cultural Intelligence Center

  2. Intercultural Trainer for BGRS

  3. Senior Facilitator and Destination Services Consultant for Cultural Awareness International

  • Lived and traveled in Asia for ten years

  • Expatriate Executive Coaching with Fortune 500 companies

  • Certified Facilitator in Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Culture and Unconscious Bias

  • Certified Facilitator for Cultural Detective

  • GCI Certified Facilitator (Global Competencies Inventory for Kozai Group)

  • IES certified Administrator (Intercultural Effectiveness scale)

  • ICS-IP Qualified Administrator (Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory)

  • IDI Qualified Administrator (Intercultural Development Inventory)

  • Strengthfinders 2.0 Coach

  • Parliamentarian with National Association of Parliamentarians

Professional Memberships:

  • Worldwide ERC (Workforce mobility association)

  • International Relations Council (IRC)

  • Global Ties KC

  • Independence MO Chamber of Commerce

  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City

  • International Trade Council of Kansas City (ITC-KC)

  • People to People International (PTPI)

  • SIETAR-USA

  • Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council

  • Spiritual Directors International (SDI)

 What We Do

We create and deliver tailor-made seminars and consulting programs for faith-based and non-profit organizations, schools, churches and businesses dealing with intercultural and diversity issues. We provide pre-assignment assessments and post-assignment evaluations as well as on-going consultation.

Both Kyle and Gary are available for speaking engagements, keynotes, lunch and learn events, and one hour introductory workshops (these introduce you to our areas of expertise and how they relate to your organization).

 How We Work

We tailor all our seminars to our clients. We assess your needs through initial conversations and make a detailed proposal based upon your specific requirements. Every participant then receives a pre-seminar assessment questionnaire in order to fine tune the seminar modules to individual issues.

Assessments

Synago Consulting partners with the Cultural Intelligence Center in providing assessment tools and training specifically designed for each of three communities: business and corporate, educational field, churches and faith-based organizations. By measuring one’s capabilities in four distinct areas: 

  • CQ Drive,

  • CQ Knowledge,

  • CQ Strategy,

  • and CQ Action,

The research-based assessments are designed to measure effectiveness in diverse situations and to promote a deeper understanding of our approaches to life and work and how those compare to others.  Assessment results can be used to establish individual and team action plans.

 Where We Work

Stone Soup Seminars (™)  and Front Porch Conversations (™) are held in our clients’ chosen location or at selected facilities. We will work with our clients anywhere they choose across the globe. Past clients have included site locations in Thailand, mid-west and west coast USA; as well as virtual consultations in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, and France.

 Why We Do What We Do

We are here to provide you with the most comprehensive, useful, cross-cultural training available. From international managers and their families to multicultural teams, short term mission teams to changing cultural neighborhoods, we enable our clients to hit the ground running by taking away the anxiety factor in dealing with a new international culture or multicultural environment.