Project Management

3 Ways to Increase Success When Integrating Into a New Culture

Michael is a technical project/program management manager.

When mergers and acquisitions happen, integrating and adapting into one company culture can seem immense. The changes are sure to be constant, but with these changes comes new opportunities allowing us to add value to our new organization.

Times of change are critical for us to remember how we succeeded in the past—and how we can be an integral component for overcoming the challenges we will soon face in the future. One of the most important pieces in achieving this is by successfully integrating into a new culture that we can all thrive in. Learning how to not only cope with a new culture but use it as a springboard for your success—and the success of your team—can become a strength that will define you as a leader.

Here are three tips to help with that transition:

1. Run toward the change
For most, change and accepting a new culture can be one of the most stressful challenges we face. But knowing that this fear must be overcome is key in succeeding throughout these changing times. Adapting to a new culture, no matter how minimal the impacts, takes time.

Actively embracing and becoming a champion for the upcoming changes and integration into a new culture will not only allow you to improve your skills as a leader, but ease the transition simultaneously. Having this proactive attitude will soon brand you as a “go to” resource for …

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