How many cultures does a company have?
One, if you believe the articles, studies and interviews that abound, but that isn’t a very accurate picture of reality.
Cultural reality is comprised of multiple micro cultures co-existing beneath the larger corporate culture umbrella.
One for every person in any type of management or leadership (if you insist on separating them) role, formal or not.
And if the perception is different, then their interpretation and implementation of it will also be different.
The result is micro cultures.
That’s why cultural fit or, at the very least, cultural synergy, is the most important trait to look for when hiring at every level.
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