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Lisa Thorne
Lisa Thorne
CEO & Founder
Together Group Ltd

Lisa Thorne founded Together Global, a performance improvement consultancy for global teams, in 2016. Their industry-leading Cultural Alignment Transformation (or CAT) programme helps clients achieve measurable before and after results by addressing cultural gaps. With 20+ years' experience applying an entrepreneurial approach in a global corporate environment, Lisa's change programmes have won industry recognition, including European D&I and NOA awards. Lisa has spoken at corporate events for clients including JPMorgan, featured in the BBC Business Daily podcast and a member of the Global Sourcing Association's 2024 Sustainable Sourcing panel developing and driving new best practice in the global sourcing industry.

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Global teams - how to avoid culture clash and achieve high performance

If you've ever worked in global teams, you'll recognise the stereotypes; Germans obsessing over keeping to the schedule, Dutch upsetting everyone with their direct negative feedback, Indians frustrating everyone by not being able to say 'no'. Culture clash seems unavoidable in the modern global workplace and reduces global team efficiency. That's because culture clash is seen as a feature of cross-cultural working, not an issue to be fixed. In 2016 we set out on a mission to explore this taboo subject and find a solution, a journey that resulted in the CAT (Cultural Alignment Transformation) programme; our market-first approach to optimising global team performance. Join us as we share the story of how we researched the link between culture and performance, lessons we learned along the way and how we developed our approach to helping global teams avoid culture clash and achieve business goals working as high-performance 'culturally aligned' teams.

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