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Log 2: Cultural Fit

axelvaindal profile image Axel Vaindal Updated on ・3 min read

Logs (2 Part Series)

1) Log 1: Career Update 2) Log 2: Cultural Fit

Hello, world!

When I was a little kid, my parents often told me "cultural fit" was very important to find when looking for a job.

It always felt a bit old school, you know?
Something only old people, working in very big and old companies, were struggling with.

I realize now that I never wanted to work in agencies or very big companies precisely because I was afraid I would not blend in the layers of managers and processes they were using.
Afraid I would just struggle to get my ideas accepted and tested, even if they were simple.

As a young man looking for my place in the world, this was not something I called cultural fit. It was just natural to me, that nobody should work as they do and that I should just avoid it at all cost. Or that I would only do it with an amazing salary. 💰

How naive I was.

Cultural Fit is real

After joining mojo, and reading books such as Who, I realize this is perhaps the most important thing you could look for when you search for a job.
And this, before salary, perks, and all these things the startup world sells to attract talents.

You'll never be happy in doing a job you don't like, with people you don't like, even if you have got a great salary and an amazing work office with unlimited food and toys.
Or it will fade faster than you thought.

And this is true for a simple reason: there is no fun in doing great things with people you can't stand.

How much pressure do you put on yourself when coming to the office? How hard it is to just say: "I'm tired, let's see this tomorrow, please. 😊"?
Do you feel sometimes people are expecting a lot from you and the weight of these expectations is crushing you?

This might mean you're not fit to work where you are, or at least that you're not 100% comfortable with your work environment.

Differences between good and bad management

This sounds like every other post in LinkedIn where shitty managers just copy/paste a beautiful citation to attract you in their companies. I'm not.

Because here is the difference between good management and bad management: Humanity.

Humanity in its purer form, where the people you work with are here to help you grow as a human being AND in your career.
If you ever feel the need to "manage" people, you're doing it all wrong.
Management is the art of being in charge, handling, which is by etymology the art of getting control with your hands.
Do you think you can get the control of human beings with your hands?

Spoiler: You can't. Never.

Then, stop trying to manage people.
Try to create a cultural environment where people can be whole and help them solve problems in their jobs by removing obstacles in their daily life so they can stay focus.

And no. Doing shitty hours with shitty deadlines is not being focused.
We will talk about that another time.

I've never been happier in my life than when I could only be focused on a job that I like, and feel that it was important for my company and my coworkers. Never been happier than when I realized I'd grown so much in my life.
Money does not buy that. Money is a mean, not an end.

We're all in this together, be a mentor, not a manager.

Logs (2 Part Series)

1) Log 1: Career Update 2) Log 2: Cultural Fit

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Axel Vaindal

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An entrepreneur/developer currently working on secret projects.

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