You are colleagues. From various cultures. Collaborating. You want to manage cultural differences. Great. Self-organize. Do it yourself. DIY.
Before you jump in you might want to first assess the situation. Via an audit. It will tell you which topics on understand-culture are immediately helpful. And it will tell us at UC about which topics to create new content. Audit
Step 1 – Learn
Managing cultural differences means addressing three fundamental questions: Where do we differ in how we think, therefore in how we work? What influence do the differences have on our collaboration? How can we get the differences to help instead of hinder collaboration? This is the starting point for discussion. Learn
Step 2 – Discuss
As colleagues you want to better understand each other. You will enter into an on-going discussion about how you think and how you work. And you will continually go deeper and broader. Discussing cultural differences is the bridge from learning to application. Discuss
Step 3 – Apply
You as colleagues will then apply that deep understanding of cultural differences to your work. This is about what you do and how you do it. Concretely. Specifically. Day in and day out. Applying your understanding of culture to your work strengthens collaboration. Apply