Although both articles I refer to are aimed at startup founders, I believe they are applicable to bosses at any level and in any company.
First, no boss ever accomplished their goals by being a jerk.
As Bob Sutton explains in The Asshole Survival Guide, treating people like dirt hurts their focus and saps their motivation. (…) In the podcast, Reid [Hoffman] describes his test of a great culture: Does every employee feel that they personally own the culture?
Most jerks point to Steve Jobs to justify their actions, but consider how much more he could have done if he had been a better leader/manager.
It’s hard to find any boss who doesn’t recognize that culture is the most critical element in a company’s success.
However, what “culture” is has been twisted and warped out of all recognition.
These days “cultural fit” is the excuse of choice to indulge whatever biases, prejudices, and bigotry moves the hiring boss.
So, what does cultural fit really mean?
To answer that you have to understand what culture really is.
Culture is a reflection of the values of the boss.
Values have nothing to do with perks, food, or office buildings and everything to do with attitudes such as fairness, merit, transparency, trust, etc.
The point of cultural fit is to hire people whose personal values are, at the least, synergistic with the cultural values of the company.
That means that if the boss is biased, bigoted or a jerk, they will hire people who have similar values.
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