Culture is who we are as a people. It is how we think and how we work. However, cross-border M&A means people, rooted in their home cultures, are suddenly thrown together and expected to collaborate across cultures as effectively as they do within their respective home cultures. This is asking a lot of them. They need support.
About integrating mind and hearts in one video and two and one-half minutes.
The following exercize, with four straightforward questions, is our starting point. It sets us on the path to identifying, quantifying, and addressing your risk. Go to Four Questions
I will work closely with your organization in responding to Questions 3 and 4. Audits, Workshops, and Learning are my three key methods:
An audit is a methodical examination and review. More importantly, however, audit comes from the Latin word audire: to hear, to listen. A collaboration audit is a series of discreet background interviews with your key people at key international locations. The goal is to describe the current state of cross-border collaboration, and to submit recommendations on how to improve it. Method
Cross-border collaboration is about how the work is done. These are the key tasks, in critical areas, where the organization must perform well. In carefully prepared workshops, based on the findings of the collaboration audit, I guide your management and subject area experts to an integrated approach to collaboration. Method
Cross-border collaboration is a long-term process. Colleagues at all levels, and in all disciplines, need to continually deepen and broaden their understanding of the influence of culture on their work. CI – cultureinfluences.com – supports that on-going process with knowledge, discussions and exercizes. Currently, CI addresses Germany and the United States. As revenues grow it will be expanded to include more countries.