One organization acquires another looking to strengthen itself in the marketplace. Two business units find they need to work together more effectively. A workplace is becoming increasingly diverse. In each of these scenarios, different cultures come face to face. The challenge is to use the unique strengths of the parts to create a more powerful and effective whole.

The goal is to provide the emotional underpinning and knowledge base for developing a high energy, integrated organization that capitalizes on the unique capabilities and contributions of its diverse partners.

How it works

This one-day workshop is a blend of dynamic merging culture exercises, thought-provoking strategic frameworks, and concrete application activities.

The first exercise focuses on dominance. An organization with its traditional ways of working faces the challenge of incorporating people with different traditions.

The second exercise focuses on organizational culture. Four organizations with differing cultures are developed and then one acquires the others.

These exercises set the stage for dealing with the emotional and strategic issues that arise when organizational cultures meet, whether within the organization or during mergers and acquisitions.

Together the activities provide the knowledge base for developing a single organization more robust than any of its partners.

What participants come away with

After a day of engaging, thought-provoking exercises where participants are able to get a better understanding of what other people in the organization are facing, they walk way with:

  • A deeper understanding of the human issues involved in the meeting of two or more cultures
  • More confidence in their ability to function effectively in that process
  • An appreciation for the value of organizational cultures different from their own
  • A recognition of the implications of being “dominant” and “other”
  • A concrete framework for developing vibrant organizations that maximize the contributions of its members


Who it is for

Any organization that is challenged by the tensions generated by the interaction between two or more cultures.

Bring WHEN CULTURES MEET into your organization.