Six Simple Steps for Closing The Culture Gap

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One of the biggest issues faced by teams is the sense of disconnection that they feel when they aren’t in the same space. Yes, I understand that it’s possible to work in a distributed nature to ensure that productive work happens (I even wrote about it here), however, sometimes there is simply no substitute for human contact. After all, it’s something that we’ve done all of our lives!

Feeling a lack of connection to culture is a continuing issue but undertaking any kind of evolution activity to bridge the gap can often be daunting, especially in the current environment where managers don’t feel that they’re able to bring staff together to talk about the challenges or opportunities that they face. So the tasks pile up and work continues late into the night with no sign of change, empathy or support from those around you.

It’s absolutely possible to do the culture work virtually (I know, I’ve been running virtual workshops for almost 18 months!), however, often the budget, time or will isn’t there and many staff are frustrated at the environment in which they are asked to work.

In the absence of a structured program, teams can take heart in the realisation that they can do some of the work themselves, without permission or spending much money. What’s required is honesty, courage, vulnerability, empathy, a few conversations, an agreement and a determination to not go back to the way things worked before.

Here are six simple things that my clients are doing now and you can do too, to start the evolution process and to close the culture gap. Find some like-minded people, gamify it — or just don’t take it too seriously — and see how many you can introduce:

Closing the culture gap doesn’t need to take years to do, you can start the process immediately. What will you do first? And what can you add so that others can learn from you?

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