Despite what you think, you don’t need an ace video editor. You need an ace video editor that fits into your team’s culture. The importance of the right cultural fit cannot be overstated. You’ve heard the phrase “culture is more important than vision?” Believe it. I know great organizations with a powerful and compelling vision, but their culture is horrible. It’s filled with distrust, criticism, bitterness, selfish leaders, and entitled employees. On the other hand, I’ve worked with organizations with low budgets, poor equipment, untrained people, and very little vision – but they had amazing chemistry and a wonderfully creative culture.
Guess who does better? Organizations with great cultures.
Likewise, no matter how talented your team may be, if they can’t fit into your culture, then you’re setting the team up for failure.
The lesson? When hiring, think “culture” as much as talent, resume, experience, and skill. Think about the chemistry of your existing team and how well the new person will fit into that culture.
Now – there are certain situations where you’d like the chemistry to result in an explosion, so you bring in a new hire with the specific purpose of shaking things up. (But that’s another blog post.)
But in most situations, if you have a solid team in place, make sure any new members fit into that culture. Believe me – it’s far more important than you think.
I’d love to hear your experiences. Have you seen a talented new hire that damaged your team’s culture? What was the result?