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Most cross-border combinations either underperform or fail. The main reason is culture. More precisely, the poor integration of cultures. I help companies to integrate in those areas which are critical to their success. My expertise is based on doing this in the Germany-USA space over the last two decades.
I help colleagues to become aware of cultural differences:
Keynotes Speeches provide a broad overview of an important subject. The audience is large and diverse in its makeup. But they all have in common the high relevance of the subject matter. Keynote Speeches are forty-five to sixty minutes in duration. Add to that a Question & Answer period of fifteen to thirty minutes. All Keynotes are customized to the needs of the customer.
Topic Talks focus on specific subject areas fundamental to cross-border collaboration, such as: communication, decision making, leadership, processes. In Topic Talks we address three questions: Where we differ in our approaches? What kinds of miscommunication and problems can occur? How can we best anticipate and resolve those problems? Topic Talks are customized to the needs of the customer and highly interactive.
Question & Answer Sessions focus on specific situations in which collaboration is critical to overall success, but where things are not going as smoothly as they should. Q&As have a duration of two to four hours. The goal is to discover practical solutions to concrete problems. All Q&A Sessions are customized to the needs of the customer and highly interactive.
I help colleagues to understand cultural differences:
You are on CI right now. CI is both tool and platform for sustained learning. It offers access to my core knowledge about the American and the German business cultures. Independent of location and time zone. Members of your organization enter, exit and re-enter. According to their priorities, time limits, and attention span. They respond to Surveys and Case Studies. Engage with me and their peers via Ask CI. Read and comment on Stories. Download and use exercises such as Quantify and Combine.
Your management leads global teams. Their success is based on colleagues from different cultures collaborating. Management needs to understand the cultural drivers influencing success. We will address them via three questions: Where do we differ in approaches? What problems, and opportunities, do the differences create? How do we get them to work for instead of against us? Method
You lead a global organization. Its success is based on colleagues from different cultures collaborating. You need to understand the cultural drivers influencing that success. You and I will address those drivers. I work to your schedule.
I help colleagues to clarify the details of their collaboration:
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
Core Topic Workshops
In Core Topic Workshops individuals teams define how they will collaborate on a day-to-day basis. They address each of the ten foundational topics on CI. I will not only facilitate these workshops. I will also train team leads how to facilitate future workshops. By doing this, I am imbedding into the organization the ability to utilize CI as a web-based tool and platform independent of any internal or external consultant. See, for example, the topic Decision Making here.
Special Topic Workshops
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 Special Topic Workshops, based on the findings of the collaboration audit, I guide your management and subject area experts to an integrated approach to collaboration. Method Case Studies