Culture Co-creation in 2020+

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    Hello, everyone. I would love to hear your ideas/experiences regarding the following current client scenario:
    – my client was recently (1 week ago) purchased by a holding company
    – the holding company also recently purchased a complimentary company that excels in a niche business in the same industry as my client
    – the holding company intends to merge the two companies in the next year

    As an HR/ business consultant for my client, I’d like to help them lead the work ahead in terms of co-creating the new company culture. What ideas, experiences, advice would you offer? Given the current state of work (both companies are almost 100 % work from home due to the pandemic), how would you recommend the team approach this important culture work?

    Thank you in advance for your feedback.

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    Arlene Clinkscales
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    Interesting scenario. I’d be interesting in also knowing if your client or the niche company is the ‘dominate’ acquisition. Nonetheless, I would recommend a few ideas:
    – allow some job shadowing… this will give each side an opportunity to learn about each other:challenges, strengths and even culture. This should be a well thought out plan and execution with some specific goals. The duration of this may vary by functional areas.
    – virtual WFH is a great opport. to still get folks together and I suggest that in addition to the normal integration work, you should organize some social events.

    From an integration perspective, I think you (leadership) needs to decide what is the new culture, pretty quickly, so that you establish alignment early. To determine that, again, depending on the companies/industries, you may want to get feedback from both, especially if after they have walked in each other’s shoes, they have a new appreciation for their cultural differences.

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