About The Business of We: The Proven Three-Step Process for Closing the Gap Between Us and Them in Your Workplace
Publisher : HarperCollins Leadership (January 12, 2021)
Paperback : 224 pages
Diverse teams add tremendous value to any organization… if they work as a cohesive unit. Empower your leaders to bring together teams made up of members from different cultures, age groups, and socio-economic backgrounds.
In today’s workplace, cross-cultural collaboration is essential to the survival of any business. Unfortunately, bringing together people from a variety of backgrounds can lead to “us vs. them” misunderstandings and clashes that work against the goals of the company.
Too often, well-intentioned consultants and HR representatives attempt to solve these problems with a band-aid approach to situations that warrant comprehensive solutions. Diversity in virtually every U.S. organization has increased over the past twenty years, yet the closest we have come to a workplace best practices guide is online diversity training courses or methods of coaching “problem” executives to be more sensitive. Neither of these avenues leads to meaningful change.
Kriska teaches leaders in any organization how to prevent “us vs. them” culture clashes by promoting inclusion in their organization to increase employee retention and productivity and to prevent misunderstandings that lead to lost time and increased legal risk.
Born in Tokyo, Japan to missionary parents, Laura Kriska spoke her first words in Japanese and took her first steps on tatami floor. When she was two years old, her family returned to their home in Columbus, Ohio, but her interest in Japan continued to grow. While earning her B.A. in Japanese Studies at Denison University, Kriska spent her junior year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo and devoted most of her time to practicing judo. A week after giving the commencement speech to her graduating class, she was welding parts on the automobile assembly line of the Honda factory in Marysville, Ohio, as part of her training to work overseas. Two months later, she was in Japan –the first American woman to work in Honda Motor Company’s Tokyo headquarters.
During her five-year career at Honda, Ms. Kriska worked as an assistant to a Senior Managing Director, became part of the International Training Department of the Sayama Factory, located in rural Japan, and later supported dozens of Japanese supplier companies in the U.S. marketplace. Her firsthand experiences gave her rare access to the inner workings of the Japanese workplace and corporate culture.
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