Adam Grant at SHRM18 in Chicago
By | Abhijit Bhaduri |Keynote speaker, Author and Columnist
I had interviewed Adam Grant when he had just published his book Give & Take. I loved the book because he proved conclusively that being generous helps. (Read the interview here).
“In the long run, the most effective style is not taking or matching, but giving: helping others with no strings attached. Givers tend to build deeper and broader networks than takers and matchers, investing in meaningful relationships that provide motivation, social capital, and access to new ideas”
I heard him address 22,000 Human Resources professionals at the SHRM’18 event in Chicago. The focus area was his book Originals.
“Culture fit matters most until you hit IPO. Then it slows you down. Because most interviewers look for clones.” – Adam Grant
1. Hiring matters – don’t hire for “culture fit”
The word “culture fit” is often used during hiring to mean people who are we feel comfortable with; we share things in common; people who are just like us.” Original ideas stop when everyone thinks alike. Larry Page had once told Adam Grant that he was afraid, Google would become a “cultural museum”.
Tip: Encourage people to write their job description. Then ask them to write out what they believe to be their strengths. Now have them modify the Job Description to include the strengths (even if those elements are not part of the job today). Ask people what new strengths can they develop?
But make sure to weed out “takers” from the company. Takers do cultural damage. Steal credit. Make people afraid. Learn to identify givers and takers before you hire them. A toxic employee can do twice the damage as the contribution from a star.
Here is a quick question to ask your next candidate: “What percentage of people, steal from their company? How common is it? 0-25% or is it 25%-50%, 50%-75% or between 75% to 100%? How did you come up with your answer?” Higher the percentage you think, higher is chance you are the dishonest person. While answering this question, people ask themselves what would i do? Thats how takers rationalize their behavior.