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Recently I've learned a thing or two about company culture and how it impacts teams.

Would you expand on that? Your conclusion is something I also believe, but I am interested in how you reached your conclusion.

 

Hi Neil. Thanks for taking an interest in my post.

I was recently working on an app for a company that provides HR tools. more specifically, i was working on a management tool for companies and teams that takes into the account company culture, team and individual personality and alignment. It's while working on that app that I've learned about the concept of company culture and started noticing it.

Hopefully, this clears things up a bit.

 

It does. I now have some thoughts:

When forming teams or adding new members to a team, it's important to think about aligning them by their values, work ethic, biases, etc.

You will find it very difficult in practice to do this, but it is relatively easy to align people around a common goal they all want to achieve. For example, two people with radically different values and biases can work together fluidly if they both want to achieve the same goal, and see a benefit from working with the other person in achieving it.

When the company culture is properly managed, people are incredibly productive, collaborative, driven, friendly, healthy and happy.

The devil is in the word "properly." Certainly, if an environment was constructed that made people incredibly productive, collaborative, driven, friendly, healthy and happy; it would by definition. However, my belief is that such an environment cannot exist, as these things are an extension of individual motivations that are not easily influenced by external factors.

As a case in point, no environment can make someone happy without the application of mood-altering drugs - if indeed there is such a thing as "happiness" as it is colloquially used. The best an environment can do is avoid making people "unhappy." The challenge for an environment then is to create a situation where people can maximize their sense of well-being, without it being crushed by a toxic culture. As low as that bar is, most companies fail to even achieve that.

I appreciate your take on this topic. I agree with you on the point that two people with different values can work together towards the common goal, but as long as the differences in values and disagreements on a personal level do not overshadow the desire to achieve the goal.

And I agree with you on the last point, it's important at least to create a non-toxic environment.

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