I worry about finding talent for my organization. We need people with highly specialized clinical skills to care for some of the most fragile patients imaginable. Maybe we need a talent manifesto to make sure we go about it the right way. What I do know is that sometimes I get too caught up in worrying about "culture."
Good Word - Misguided Focus
Time for some self-disclosure...I get a bit fired up about culture. I worry about cultural fit, cultural diversity, corporate culture, and sometimes do my best to spread the culture agenda across my organization. Just what exactly is cultural fit anyway? Are new hires supposed to fit in perfectly with the rest of us? Are they supposed to conform to some subjective perspective on what corporate culture is all about? Why would I ever want a bunch of conformists versus the opportunity to bring fresh perspectives, ideas, and enthusiasm into my already high-performing organization?
I'm afraid that I'm not alone in my sometimes obsession with force-fitting cultural fit. It's as if I've morphed into a culture vulture and I'm circling above waiting to swoop down and feed upon unsuspecting candidates who fit into the "culture." That doesn't seem right, does it? It seems to me organizations should do everything possible to enrich the make-up of the team; to add new perspectives; to focus on progress, not cling to the old excuse of "it's the way we've always done it here."
How About You
Are you caught up in the culture agenda game? If so, it's time to take a break. Stop circling, and start appreciating the value that all of those non-conformists can bring to your company. I know I'm going to start doing it too.
I'd love to hear from you.
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