How to Attain Cultural Synergy

  • Refer to the goals established at the beginning and work back towards achieving them.
  • Make sure there is no preference bias and that all team members are able to work to their fullest.
  • Deconstruct misunderstandings among your team members about the different orientations.
  • Ask questions of your new team members to identify their priorities and general approach. Give prompts like “I do my best work when…”, “I feel stressed when…”, “To design a sound plan, I think people should…”.
  • Make sure everyone is heard. We tend to hear people the most if they are in our proximity, so if there are any members which are remote, actively spend more time with them.
  • Probe for problems anonymously, instead of singling out individual team members. Prompt team members with statements like “One thing that would enhance our productivity is…”, or “One thing that would enhance our communication is…”.

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