DIY

Cultural integration? You and your colleagues can Do It Yourselves !

Audit
You want to address cultural differences. Before you jump in you might want to assess the situation. Via an audit. It tells you which topics on CI are immediately helpful. It tells us at CI about which topics we should create new content.  Audit

Step 1 – Learn
CI addresses three fundamental questions: Where do we differ in how we think, therefore work? What influence do the differences have on our collaboration? How can we get them to help instead of hinder collaboration? Learning about cultural differences is the starting point for discussion. Learn

Step 2 – Discuss
As colleagues you want to 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 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 cultural differences to your work strengthens collaboration. Apply

Research
As your collaboration both deepens and broadens you will continue to experience cultural differences. In order to provide on-going support, we need to know what those topics are. How? You do Audit Steps 2 and 3. We do the research, then upload the new content.  Research

Guides and Scouts
Depending on the size of your organisation CI will train selected colleagues as Guides and Scouts. Guides assist their teams with the exercises Discuss and Apply. Scouts, with their “ears to the ground”, identify where in the collaboration new intercultural content is needed. Guides and Scouts