Griggs Productions Diversity Relationship Culture

November Activities

Create the Building Blocks for Successful Relationships:

*Use the Human Envergy At Work video series and comprehensive guides to master the relationship at work. Key phases:






*Use the Valuing Relationships video series and comprehensive guides to master personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness.


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Barriers & Skills chart for each of the phases

Free Relationship Phases Chart

* From the Human Energy At Work video series. Buy this video series and get free Content

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Where would you place an important work relationship of yours on this chart?

Tell us which patterns you are experiencing and receive free guidelines!
Initiation Conflict Negotiation High Performance

Individuals have varying degrees of knowledge & skill around:

Diversity Relationship
Personal patterns
Interpersonal patterns
Organizational patterns
Environmental patterns

Varying comfort level with differences

Varying levels of commitment to the relationship & task

Varying levels of trust

Varying leadership styles


Discomfort with differences high

Trust level low

Focus is on irrelevant differences

Vision and goals unclear

Boundaries/roles unclear

Relationships are inauthentic

Cultural misunderstandings

Diversity "noise" high

Undiagnosed tensions


Differences surface

Culturally different ways create misunderstanding

Hostile cycles develop unless tension is allowed to surface

Trust is tested

Realities compete

Polarization appears

Confrontation uncovers problems


Comfort level rises

Relationships stabilize

Old & new ways are balanced

Differences are respected

Relationships are valued

Cooperation increases

Flexibility increases


Common vision

Authentic relationships

Shared responsibility

Co-commitment to the relationship

Differences are valued

Strong foundation of trust

Cooperation is high

Self-correcting behavior



 Awareness Uncover Differences Build Relationship  Negotiate New Ways  Transform Relationship


Next month we'll cover the "pre-relationship phase". Each successive month will the next "phase"

Pre-Relationship Phase Activity

Think about each of the three areas below and consider how they might impact a new relationship that you are forming. With some careful consideration and observation, your sensitivity will increase, benefiting your global business ventures and impacting production, marketing,
sales, and general management performance.

  • National culture:Think of a national culture different from
    your own that you will be making contact with in the future. Contrast how a challenge such as religion has been handled by
    the nation in question. How does it contrast with your own
    national approach? What impact might this have on a global business partnership?


  • Organizational culture:Think of an organization across
    your own borders or a multinational organization that you will be
    doing business with in the future. Contrast the organizational culture with a local business. Think about roles (leaders, managers,
    gender, employee). What are the contrasts and how might these contrasts affect global ventures?


  • Team culture:Think of a cross-cultural team that you will be forming a relationship with in the future. Explore how different teams respond to common challenges such as time, decision-making, planning, etc.

Pre-Relationship Phase Conditions

Countries, organizations, teams, and individuals come with histories, cultural expectations, visions, beliefs, values, and cultural ways of being and working. These pre-existing relationship conditions can either become opportunities or barriers to forming cooperative relationships, depending on how they are managed.

The key to building effective global relationships is awareness of oneself and others. It is important to be aware of relationship styles, as well as other cultural differences that are brought to the interaction, and to notice the context in which the global relationship is going to be developed. Through awareness of your own cultural and individual ways of building relationship, how they may contrast with the ways others build relationship, and being sensitive to the context, you will be better prepared to deal with challenges that may come up in the global workplace.

In particular, seek to understand the historical context of the work relationship long before the initial contact. The higher our general awareness of cultural challenges, the greater the chances of success. Cultural contrasts have real consequences for doing business and working across cultural boundaries (for example an inappropriate advertising campaign).

Pre-Relationship Phase Viewpoint

"When we encounter differences, our tendency is to be rigid and to only resort to what we know and what we've been acculturated to know, which is a habit; in actuality, it's a habit. It's very good for us. It makes us run our lives efficiently, but in terms of building a relationship, it has the opposite effect."

Percy Thomas
Montgomery College


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