Interop ITX 2017 Schedule Viewer

Talent is Skills Plus Culture

Interop ITX 2017 Schedule Viewer

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  • Talent is Skills Plus Culture

    Location:  TBD
    Format: Conference Session
    Conference Journeys: CIO/CTO, Business Leader
    Track: Leadership & Professional Development
    Pass Type: All Access, Conference - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: TBD
    Audience Level: CIO/CTO

    Because of the diversity of business models, talent is no longer just skills but skills and culture. There are many articles in sports and corporate culture where culture is a driving force in the hiring or firing process. To be successful, one does not exist without the other.

    Even if employers are tempted to hire someone that they think has the skills, if they hire them into a culture that doesn't work, it won't work, or it is definitely more challenging. The wrong culture will not provide a new hire a place to thrive. Likewise, only a culture match may not work. The best candidates are those that match the skill set and the culture set. So how can you interview them on their culture? This is an ongoing process that each company needs to work on. It is an ongoing process to find the right balance and determine how to assess the culture of the person. A good gauge is to have an idea of the culture at their present company and see how far or close that is to the interviewing company, referencing, more than just one interview, etc. Internal references are usually a good thing since employees know both the culture and the candidate.

    There are 3 scenarios: candidates with skills but not a good culture fit, candidates with great culture fit but not great skills, and of course the perfect candidate that has both skills and culture fit. Cultural fit is hard to learn, at least harder than learning on the job skills. Culture is just hard to change. I have had several examples of this with hires. Even when candidates say they can adjust, it isn't always the case. To some degree, skills can be learned on the job and if the culture fit is right, that process will probably be accelerated.

    On the flip side, I have decided on candidates with a great resume and all the skills needed (and in some cases, exceeding the skill level) but with the wrong culture. In these cases, it has either not worked in the long run or it has been a very difficult transition.

    From my own experience, when my personal work culture and the company's work culture is more matched, then the experience has been more rewarding. At my jobs where the cultures were more aligned, I was able to get much more done as opposed to once when the company culture and mine were misaligned.