Ever heard of the term “tightness of fit” ? It is a term used by Jerry Poras and Jim Collins in the book Built to Last to describe how visionary companies keep only the individuals with the right mindset with them.

On the other hand, I have a friend who keeps a private mailing list with some of his close friends and named it “Just among ourselves“. No one else (except the few close friends) is allowed to join the mailing list and he will go to the extent of explicitly telling other wannabe-joiners that the mailing list is – “Just among ourselves“. So if you’re not in the list, means you should not and will not be in the list.

Sounds a bit..harsh right? But that’s what a visionary company should do. At least, that’s my opinion.

Why?

If you notice, most big and successful companies have some mission statements…or visions…or ideologies. These are the things they believe in…the things they are working towards to…the guidelines…the set of principles that they MUST follow. To them, it is as important as the law itself. That is why they always stick very close to these so-called “statements“. These “statements” could be more important than the money itself. It’s the LIFE of the company.

Now, imagine if the company hires someone new to fill into an important job position….potentially a decision maker in the company. There are only 3 possibilities…….The first one, the new guy shares the same mentality or “mission statements“as the company itself………and this is the best scenario. The next possibility is the new guy does not share the same values or mentality……but he is open to change and can adapt to the company’s culture. The last possibility is the worst…..the new guy has a completely different way of thinking and does not wish to change.

Imagine this….you are working in a big company and has been made to believe “Making a customer happy is your first priority“. You and the rest of the employees will be willing to go through anything (even outside your line of duty) to make the customers happy and hope that they will return to seek your company’s services in the future. This is your company’s “mission statement“. Suddenly, this new senior manager came in. He forced the idea of “Who squeezes the most profit out of a customer will be rewarded” onto all of you. What do you think will happen? The priority has changed. The business will not be like what it used to be anymore.

A senior manager is able to have such a huge influence on the small team of people…….can you imagine the impact of having an important decision maker to practice such mindset?

That is why if you go for interviews with certain big companies…….they will ask you about your dreams, your goals, ambitions…your plans for the future, or even do some personality test on you just to see whether you are able to fit into their culture.

Blame them not because i am sure that you will do the same thing………..if you are a good leader who cares about the company. πŸ™‚

Hope it helps πŸ˜‰

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