I have a question (or three) for you…
What’s your team/company culture like?
I mean, how would you answer that?
Or being totally honest, what IS the RIGHT answer to that?
The reason I ask this; is because more and more, we are seeing that age-old answer from clients when rejecting candidates… “they’re not the right cultural fit”…
Hmmm, but seriously what does that mean? Variety IS the spice of life after all…
I just believe that the more a team is mixed; whether it be by age, interests, background, social interaction or experience; surely those prove the vital ingredients of a recipe for success! If everyone was the cut from the same cloth, how could you up your game from a performance perspective? Who could you learn from? And perhaps more importantly, if it was a one size fits all scenario, it would get a little boring after a time…
Our team, has had our best performance this year, both from outstanding individual contributions to just an overall winning spirit. Our ages range from 19 to 40+, we’re ‘kind of’ equal with boys v girls, some of us like to have several swifties after work and some of us are more interested in going home to play with our kids etc. But that said, (and without fail), our approach, our collaboration and a healthy mix of professionalism, focus and good old-fashioned banter; has proved this year (and hopefully next) to be our recipe for success.
Why? Because not one of us is similar to another… And the good news is that no one treats anyone differently. BUT we all share insight, synergize, offer support and most importantly laugh… A LOT!
When I asked the guys how they would use words to describe our ‘culture’ they said the following:
Great, but the truth of the matter is that all of those qualities are possessed by us individually and more importantly a ‘culture’ that we’ve made – not adapted too.
So what does 2018 look like? As the team grows, I anticipate many more descriptive words to describe us. :-)