Fitting People to the Culture not the Job

Networking PeopleDo you have the right people, in the right positions, all doing the job right?

Fitting the right people to the culture not the job as a number one priority for most business owners is an alien concept. There is one thing many of my new clients have in common. They have recently experienced significant growth and now have the wrong people in their business.

When business is good, there is a tendency to rush the hiring process. Employing anyone who fits the bill from a skills and experience perspective only can create more problems than it solves.

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give any business is: No matter how busy you are, it is essential to take the time to hire the person that fits your culture and is passionate about your business. Only then should you look at the specific skills they bring.

Motivation, ethics and morals cannot be taught, so the goal is to find a person whose beliefs align with the company’s – the skills and experience they need can be taught or enhanced.

Creating a culture for success

Every successful business needs a successful culture, and to have a successful culture everyone within your organisation MUST get it and live it. Here are five ways to create a successful culture, which will help you attract the right people:

1) Have purpose – Your passion for the business has to be translated into the company’s purpose. Everyone needs to understand what that purpose is and believe in driving it forward. What is your business purpose?

2) Best in the world at? All great businesses understand what everyone in the company needs to be best at to help drive and fulfill the purpose. What can you be best in the world at that will drive your purpose?

3) Economic engine – Having a clear understanding of the building blocks of your business’s profit is essential for longer-term survival. What measures do you use and does everyone in the company know what they have to do to positively influence this data?

4) Vision – If you want great people to work with you towards a destination, you need to be able to tell them where it is.

5) Core values – These are your beliefs, and what you do and don’t stand for. Everyone in your company needs to align with these values on a professional and personal level.

If you surround yourself with people who understand and believe in these five aspects of your company culture, then you have the right people in your business and together you’ll go places.