Aligning Cultures

Derek Bishop

Director

Team mini-me…

Date added: 04th Apr 2016
Category: Aligning Cultures

By hiring for cultural fit and creating a true team ethos organisations can really find that whole is far more than the sum of the individual parts.

With 19 needed off the last six balls the T20 cricket world final looked all but settled. But if there’s one thing that sport teaches us it is that you can never be certain until the final whistle blows or the last ball is bowled. Hitting a six from each of the next four balls the West Indies overturned expectations and captured the trophy.

That it was England and the West Indies contesting for the trophy somewhat confounded the form books but both sides showed the way in which character and team cohesion can lead to greatness. It’s a lesson which we’ve seen elsewhere in sport with Leicester City leading the football premiership being a particular example but it’s also a lesson which abounds in business.

Take hiring for cultural fit for example. Far from hiring lots of ‘mini me’s’, this approach to recruiting seeks to appoint people who are likely to bring something positive to the organisation. This approach moves the recruitment decision away from pure qualifications and towards a more rounded approach based on individual qualities and attributes; in the process boosting diversity of opinion and outlook. Those looking to hire for cultural fit recognise that no matter how highly qualified, if an individual is likely to be disruptive to the team then they could hinder progress, cohesion and profitability.

Building a winning team is far more than simply adding skills together. By hiring for cultural fit and creating a true team ethos organisations can really find that whole is far more than the sum of the individual parts.

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