Accelerated Team Integration with cultureQs®

“A friendly takeover created the world’s largest manufacturer of a system component required in all trains. The new senior management team consisted of British, German, Belgian, Swiss German and Swiss French members, responsible for engineering and manufacturing facilities in Britain, Germany, France, Poland and Switzerland with corporate headquarters in French-speaking Canada. Cultural Integration was essential.
Their first meeting: they had just completed a relatively relaxed getting-to-know- each-other-session when a Senior Vice-President said, “That was really good. I’ve now got a much better idea of who we all are, but we have a lot of
questions to answer before we are really able to work together.”

This was the birth of the idea:

  • Create a framework for colleagues to gain deep insights into each others’ motivators in a condensed period of time
  • Formulate open questions. The group will find the appropriate answers
  • This is cultureQs: critical questions and provocative cues pertinent to cross-cultural interactions

Eric Lynn – creator of The Cultural Integration Game - hosted a playful experience for us on January 18th, 2013.   Continue reading

The Emperors New Clothes

Agile fairytales – playing for meaningful interactions in stressful situation

Happy EndingsFairytales have ever been used to teach us lessons in life. Agile fairytales are fairytales we all know re-told from a professional perspectives. The Emperor’s New Clothes Agile Fairytale helps to improve meaningful interactions in stressful situations and thus to reflect agile communication values. Karen Schmidt shared the concept developed by Portia Tung for the first time in Berlin during the Berlin Consulting Forum Session on May 11, 2012. Continue reading