“The cultures of our two companies are very similar.”
Perhaps so. But people will focus on the differences. Being human, they’ll aim their attention toward those cultural flash points where the two companies’ behaviors and beliefs don’t align. They’ll grit their teeth as they deal with inevitable differences in their corporate personalities, resenting how management made false promises about cultural compatibility. So rather than rah-rahing about how much the two firms are alike, executives should predict some cultural friction and emphasize the need to work together effectively in spite of that.
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