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I have a client who has two different cultures operating (R&D and Commercial). The two cultures need to understand each other and work effectively together where they interface.

I want to run a half day session with them on culture and would appreciate any advice on how the half day should be pitched and what sort of content I could include.

Also, doe sanyone have an exercise I could use that would illustrate the point?
Sally Henderson1

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  1. half-day on appreciating the need for two cultures
    do they want to understand the other culture or give vent to their frustrations? What are the organization+personal gains to be achieved?
    define how to measure outcomes. What is the cost of ‘no improvement’?

    a]pre-work: write down 5 best and 5 worst attributes of the ‘others’

    b]options for actions: (use the info. from a)
    short presentation by the two group leaders
    devise a role play
    set up a discussion group/project team
    concentrate just on interface issues; frequency
    time, place, the people involved. Go for joint problem-solving

    maybe by concentrating solely on the times they interface you can leave the cultural issues intact whilst providing an operational solution to the difficulties being experienced.


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