In today’s world, divisiveness is amplified to rock concert levels. However, divisiveness is not a new phenomenon. Consider the tensions we have seen between operations and sales, or research and development and manufacturing. If this is not new, what have we learned? Think of cross-functional collaboration, use of high-performing-teams, or the concept of synergy.
Here are a few process steps to get started:
- Establish common goals and interdependence
- Set norms, build relationships, and then actually interact
- Use both/and thinking, be open-minded to unique ideas, and merge for innovation
What’s missing, why is this so hard for many of us?
- Goals and compensation/rewards are at cross purposes
- Organizational structure is not in place; poor facilitation
- Rigid hierarchy, binary thinking, or poor organizational skills
With sincere intent and skilled support this should not be a painful process. If so, you might want to consider an old axiom: Change Management: somedays it is a noun and somedays it is a verb, go with the noun first and move to the verb if you have to. Creativity and high-performing-teams is a growth-filled and productive process – if you are reaching the verb stage of the axiom, give us a call.