Culture happens. You can choose your office space. You can choose a technology stack. You can even choose your customers, or at least choose who won’t be your customers. Can you choose your culture?
There’s a been a lot of buzz around the necessity of hiring for “cultural fit,” and while that does make sense, it can have some drawbacks. When culture starts to get confused with personal habits or temperament, it leads to conformity which can stagnate creativity and innovation.
David Hassell, CEO of 15five, recently had this to say on the matter over at TechCrunch: “A company with a strong culture has a much better chance at long-term success than one that lacks this sense of cohesion. But having a culture should not be an excuse for excluding employees with different backgrounds, points of view or working styles. A true company culture is about shared values, not hiring a homogenous group of employees of the same gender, race or pedigree. That means finding the best employees requires looking for a values fit more than a cultural fit.” He even went so far as to say: “Cultural fit is an outmoded concept that often becomes a limiting constraint when it comes to hiring. Instead, look for employees who are a ‘values fit.’ Finding employees that share your values is much more difficult than finding employees who look and act like everyone else on the team. But the end result will be a much stronger, creative and dynamic team aligned around a common purpose.”
Here at Kuali, we know and live our values. So, the writing is on the wall. No, literally, on the wall. We actually have our values written on the wall, but they don’t stop there. Every day, in the office or online, we see our coworkers noticing and acknowledging in each other examples of what it means to be living and working from these values, and each month in our all-hands meeting we look to recognize those instances officially. So, you can be assured that we’re striving to hold to them in every aspect of our business:
Here at Kuali, we know that innovation is a must because we’ve taken on the mission to create powerful, adaptable cloud-based solutions to replace legacy higher ed ERP with elegant products that simplify processes and delight users in a way that’s never been done before.
Innovation comes from the dynamic interplay of engaged thinkers with diverse backgrounds and skillsets making connections that haven’t been made before. We hire and develop our people with this in mind, and together we’ve worked to craft a culture of intentional innovation.
Does your company have stated company values? What are they?