When Cultures Meet
Seeing and navigating power to create inclusive cultures
Are you encountering any of the following:
- Tough cultural issues around diversity and inclusion?
- Teams that have fallen into a silo mentality impacting efficiency and effectiveness?
- Challenges of effective collaboration between different functions and the business, resulting in lost synergy and poor decision-making?
- Mergers, acquisitions and restructures which have failed to realise their promise value?
A common thread underlying these challenges is how skilfully we can facilitate and lead the meeting of cultures and whether we can harness the power of difference. This is the focus of our workshop.
Culture is the most powerful force in organisations. It creates the boundary for who belongs, who is us and who is other. And yet the way culture forms and influences us is subtle and largely happens outside of our conscious awareness. These are deep waters, and they can feel dangerous, not least because issues of power, identity and belonging are intertwined with culture. And yet these issues are core to who we are as human beings and leaders need to feel confident in safely navigating these conversations.
How will it work?
The workshop draws on a wide range of frameworks including the work of systems theorist Barry Oshry, and his five decades of research into the nature of human systems and the drivers of human behaviour.
You’ll be immersed in a live simulation where you’ll work together on a collaborative task designed to elicit the everyday dynamics of working within and across cultures. Following this you’ll make sense of your individual and shared experience, using this data alongside systems theory to inform how you address your specific organisational culture challenges.
Who is this workshop for?
- D&I, HR and OD professionals: those leading and influencing organisational change, responsible for creating inclusive cultures, improving employee and client engagement or developing talent and leadership capability.
- Leaders committed to creating inclusive, high-performing collaborative teams, especially those leading multicultural, multigenerational and multidisciplinary teams.
- Leaders and consultants working with teams and organisations undergoing significant change e.g. restructuring or merger and acquisitions.
- Leaders committed to developing their self-awareness, understanding and ability to influence the evolution of organisational culture.
- Sharpen awareness of how context shapes perception, feelings and behaviour.
- Understand how culture, power, identity and belongingimpact patterns of inclusion and exclusion, contribution and performance in groups and teams.
- Take away practical actions to create a culture of inclusion in their workplace or team
- Learn with a global network of peers, build connections and understanding of different professional and organisational challenges.
What do clients say about our online workshops?
“A game changer in online experiential learning.”
“The possibility to empower ourselves in any moment by ‘seeing’ our emergent responses and then asking what our ‘creative contributions’ might be.”
“Simple yet impactful.”
“Very apt and applicable to all types of organizations.”
“Exceptional online learning – I was immediately able to see opportunities to grow and build on my work and the projects and teams I am working with.”
“Experiential, immersive, illuminating.”
John Watters is a Co-Owner and Member of Future Considerations and a Founding Director of Living Leadership. John is one of the world’s leading authorities on systems theorist Barry Oshry’s work. John had the joy and privilege of a twenty-year collaboration and partnership with Barry Oshry accrediting trainers, consultants and coaches worldwide and introducing Oshry’s work to organisations as diverse as NATO, UNESCO, Shell, Microsoft, F. Hoffman La Roche, public sector bodies of all kinds (Health, Education, Criminal Justice, Central and Local Government), global and local charities. John’s leadership and organisational consultancy work focuses on releasing the potential of the human spirit in work, community and wider society. John specialises in facilitating breakthrough on complex issues and finding common ground in stuck and conflicted situations. In doing this work he pays special attention to holding space for our full humanity to be present, creating conditions to get to the heart of the issue and strengthening our capacity to listen deeply to ourselves, others and the whole system.
Nicola Cardwell is an organisational development consultant with 20+ years’ experience in creating cultures, developing leaders and teams. An expert facilitator, consultant and executive coach, Nicola specialises in leadership, inclusion, culture and change. From 2014 – 2018 Nicola led PwC UK’s Inclusive Leadership cultural and behavioural change agenda. This involved building the Inclusive Leadership strategy and capability of senior business leaders and their teams. Nicola also led the design and execution of critical interventions to support PwC UK’s published gender and ethnicity talent targets. Nicola has held several global roles throughout her career and has worked in professional services, Financial Services, Energy, Public Services, Health, Technology and Charity sectors.
Salman Ahmad has been consulting and teaching in the areas of psychology, leadership and organizational development for over 20 years. He is the founding-associate of the Cnergi project, a network of professionals interested in developing inclusive and resilient individuals, organizations and communities. Salman consults with a number of organizations ranging from large multinationals to small NGOs. He also teaches and supervises in the area of Organizational Change and Development at Copenhagen Business School and the University of Copenhagen. Having done his PhD in Psychology and having lived and worked across South Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Salman brings his knowledge of self and identity and his experience of living in diverse cultures to his work in the development of inclusive human systems.
Ali Warner is an Associate of Future Considerations and Living Leadership, and an experienced trainer in all of Barry Oshry’s systems leadership frameworks. She has worked in organisations that include the NHS, HSBC, Shell, PwC, the Department for Education, NATO and Novartis among others. She specialises in arts-based facilitation and hosting across a wide range of settings including online eg. she has hosted global leadership programmes for multinationals like Shell and Philips, and live online participative public workshops for leaders based across Europe, the US and Asia. Ali is inspired by a desire to create spaces where every voice can be heard, and is also a singer and vocalist: performing, leading collective singing experiences and encouraging others to find their voice.
We also run this workshop as part of leadership development and business partnering programmes, leadership meetings and conferences, either in-person or online. Please contact John Watters to discuss your needs.