In the 1970’s, the Army launched a study to identify where, in their organization, race relations were the best. The answer: In a foxhole under fire. It doesn’t matter who another person is; when you’re both under attack,you have to depend on each other to stay alive.
I’ve used that story many times with clients when two people in their organizations don’t get along well. You can put them in a ‘foxhole’ by assigning them a project to work or a result to achieve — one where they have to rely on each other for successful. It’s important that one person alone can’t get it done.
Most times, not always, but most times they will find new respect for each other.
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Bob Legge provides organizations with the ability to exceed their most ambitious goals. I work with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. Together, we drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org