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When Cultures Meet - What's Possible?

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Brighton Friends Meeting House

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Building bridges not walls

Future Considerations and Living Leadership are delighted to offer this one-day, experiential workshop, based on the highly acclaimed work of North American systems theorist Barry Oshry, that addresses these four key questions:

  • How do you harness the potential of diversity in organisations to create robust, inclusive cultures?

  • How do you move beyond divisive ‘us’ and ‘them’ polarisations?

  • Do you have the skills and insight required to nudge, evolve and connect divergent cultures?

  • What conditions are required to enable a productive meeting of cultures in your organisation?

The meeting of difference and diverse cultures – whether in an organisation, the community, or society – too often results in destructive conflicts, walls not bridges, the suppression of one culture by another, ‘US’ versus ‘THEM’ attitudes, wasted energies, and lost possibilities.

This workshop is relevant if you are working to achieve any of the following outcomes:

  • high performing teams made up of diverse members with varied background and perspectives.

  • effective partnering between functions and with the business.

  • successful mergers and acquisitions.

  • work environments that enable Generation Y and Z to contribute and flourish.

  • inclusive work cultures where everyone has an equal chance to succeed.

The workshop will be a blend of dynamic experiential exercises, thought-provoking strategic frameworks, and concrete application activities.The morning exercises get under the skin of how cultures form and the power dynamics that typically occur when two or more cultures meet. An organisation with its ‘normal’ ways of working faces the challenge of incorporating people with their ‘normal’ ways of working. The debriefing process for this exercise gives insights about how to productively manage the meeting of cultures and the negative impact and costs of overlooking this area.

Subsequent sessions focus on the options for moving forward to develop robust inclusive organisations, whatever your context. There will be time to reflect on the implications for yourself and your own organisation.

Benefits of Attending

  • Experience how difference is valued or marginalised and the consequences, and

  • know how to respond when an “us and them” dynamic is at play.

  • Understand how power, rank and group identity impact patterns of inclusion and exclusion, contribution and performance in groups and teams.

  • Be aware of the risks to organisational effectiveness of not intervening when cultures meet.

  • Be familiar with a framework for drawing on the strengths of different

  • cultures and releasing the potential for innovation that can come from integrating different perspectives.

  • Develop more confidence in your ability to facilitate change when managing or facilitating a meeting of cultures.

Workshop Leaders

The workshop will be run by John Watters who is the leading authority on Barry Oshry’s systems leadership work in Europe and has worked in partnership with Barry Oshry for 15 years; and Jules Fell who is accredited in all of Barry Oshry’s frameworks, and has a wide experience of applying this work with clients in different sectors in UK and internationally.

The workshops starts at 10am & finishes at 5.30pm. Lunch is available locally at a range of restaurants and cafes.

For more information on this workshop, please visit our website.

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