Step 3 – Apply

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In Step 1 – Learn you addressed cultural differences by reading and reflecting on Contrasting Cultures content.

In Step 2 – Discuss you and your colleagues gained deeper understanding about those differences by engaging in three conversations.

Now, in Step 3 – Apply you and your colleagues will decide how to improve collaboration. As in Step 2 there are three conversations:

First Conversation

Specific to the selected topic, reflect on the current state of collaboration. Recommend how the two cultures can better collaborate. Share those recommendations with your colleagues from the same-culture. They will do the same with you. And your colleagues from the other-culture will do the same on their side.

Second Conversation

Reflect on the recommendations submitted by your same-culture colleagues. Then meet as same-culture group. Discuss the submitted recommendations. Decide which of them should be discussed with your colleagues from the other-culture. Then share those recommendations with them. They will do the same with you.

Third Conversation

Reflect on the recommendations submitted by your colleagues from the other-culture. Then meet as both-cultures group. Discuss the submitted recommendations. Decide which of them should be implemented. Modify as needed. Now implement, learn, tweak, implement, learn, tweak, etc. These Questions & Suggestions might be helpful.

That’s it. Three steps. Congratulations! Go back to DIY.