Some people under estimate the importance of choosing the right company culture for you. Yet I’ve seen many very bright individuals “not fitting in”, ultimately resulting in their careers made stagnant, or worse still, damaged and short-lived.
John Kotter (best selling author) defined culture in his book Leading Change as “….norm of behaviours and shared values among a group of people.” So even with all the right skills, if your values and behaviours do not fit in with the majority of the people in a company, you are probably going to have a difficult time progressing within the organisation.
So what should you be looking out for when assessing a company’s culture?
According to Robert Quinn and Kim Cameron at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, there are four types of organizational culture: Clan, Adhocracy, Market, and Hierarchy.
- Clan oriented cultures are family-like, with a focus on mentoring, nurturing, and “doing things together.”
- Adhocracy oriented cultures are dynamic and entrepreneurial, with a focus on risk-taking, innovation, and “doing things first.”
- Market oriented cultures are results oriented, with a focus on competition, achievement, and “getting the job done.”
- Hierarchy oriented cultures are structured and controlled, with a focus on efficiency, stability and “doing things right.”
What culture is present your organisation, and which one would you prefer to be in?