Consider the Culture
August 15, 2010
According to William Morin, former president of the outplacement firm Drake Beam Morin, you’ll be unhappy in a workplace unless you fit in with the organization’s personality. Qualities to consider: Risk-taking vs. risk-averse; Workaholic vs. family-friendly; Nurturing vs. butt-kicking (a get-it-done culture impatient with what’s happening to people); Methodical vs. gunslinger (a shoot-from-the-hip personality that doesn’t bother with precision); Collective vs. individualistic (a place where the self is more important, where people pursue tasks separate from colleagues); Long-term vs. short-term (a today-focused personality not interested in sacrificing for tomorrow’s greater good).
Career counselor Marty Nemko is the author of Cool Careers for Dummies. He also hosts a radio talk show in the Bay Area on Sundays at 11am (KALW, 91.7 FM). Visit his website at martynemko.com.