Imagine the disappointment. You start a new job in a position that's perfect for you. You'll be able use all of your talents working for a company that you really admire. You're off to a strong start, you are certain that you are making an excellent impression. Then you find out that you're not doing as well as you'd hoped - in fact, you're not doing well at all. The only impression you've made is a bad one, your colleagues want nothing to do with you and your new boss regrets hiring you.
Too often I hear from people who have joined a new organization, only
to crash and burn. Many times a complete and total disregard for organizational
culture has played a part in this unfortunate scenario. Here are the 3 quick steps:
1. Assume that because you were hired, you have something much more special than the people already employed at your new place of business.
2. Complain about the way they do things, call them outdated or wrong.
3. Talk loudly and frequently about how the way you used to do it at company X was so much better.
Congratulations, you are now ready to crash and burn!
Organizational culture is like the personality of that company or organization. You have a personality, so does your organization. How many people are you willing to change your personality for? I bet the list is not very long.
Why would you expect an entire organization to change their way of being, just because you have arrived on the scene? Why would you assume that your way must be the best way?
Does this mean that you cannot change organizational culture? Of course not! Consider trying this approach:
1. Assume that you are joining a team who can teach you how to be successful at your new company.
2. Take time to get to know the people and how they do things and why they do things.
3. Try it their way.
4. Be respectful about their way do not call them outdated or wrong.
5. Build relationships and gain trust.
6. Only then begin to make suggestions for improvements.
Once you understand your new culture and how changes can be
successfully introduced, you can write your own steps to success.
Would you like to share a story about the human side of the
work place? Contact Margaret at ask@MargaretMeloni.com.