Do you like the current corporate culture of most companies?
If you are honest with yourself, the answer is probably no. However, don’t be quick to blame others for this – as you will see, the situation is much more complex than what we see at first glance.
Here’s a great (and punchy) quote which will get you thinking…
“Culture is what people do when nobody is watching.” -Herb Kelleher
Basically, what we term as “culture” is the values on which we act upon as individuals, groups, companies, society, species and so on. You can see various cultures in various countries, social groups and basically every group has its own “invisible” culture.
Most people are unhappy with their professional life and their circumstances. Why is that? Well, most of them don’t feel appreciated, valued, they feel they do not have a specific purpose or a contribution through their work. Basically, they are let down by the culture of the company they work for – or in more plain terms, they “don’t fit” or they feel that they do not belong there.
One would say that the solution to this is to reform the corporate culture. Easy to say but much harder to do – and that’s not due to the enormous effort it would require. Instead, let us see corporate culture through different lenses…
Isn’t corporate culture actually a reflection of our culture as a society?
Think about it. The way we behave outside the office is a reflection of how we have inside of it as well – and the opposite is just as true. We have a question similar to “Which was the first – the chicken or the egg?”. The answer? Frankly, it really does not matter.
That’s because people know, deep down, that things are not going as well as they should. Yes, you might end up rich, with an important social status and not having a care in the world – but will you be really happy when you know you are constantly in a rat race and that real human values are constantly diminished by greed, profit and competition?
We are living very interesting times now. The whole world is going through a radical shift in consciousness, in culture and social-political-economical terms. Basically, we are transitioning towards a more inclusive, open-minded and prosperous way of living. You might think everyone would run towards it… but that’s not the case because some people will “lose” their current power and status.
We are struggling, both as individuals and as society, to make the shift in an easier and smoother manner. This includes creating more friendly and relaxed corporate cultures so that you may feel more fulfilled and productive at your job.
So how can you do your part in this whole shift? Here are 2 big steps you can take…
Personal Solution #1 – Take Responsibility
This might sound like a cliché and a boring personal development advice, but it’s not.
Even many “leaders” (as they like to think of themselves) do not take full responsibility for what they want to do. Taking complete responsibility is scary because you do not allow any “plan B” or any conscious failures. You become accountable for everything – every thought, emotion, action and conversation.
It is uncomfortable – very uncomfortable, especially in the comfort-promoting culture we are living in today. However, if you want to change the quality of your life and your circumstances as well, there is no other way.
Responsibility is directly correlated with the position you have in a company (as well as the benefits, salary and so on). Responsibility is not “given” – it is freely taken. Trust me, there is a lot of responsibility for you to assume if you are willing – precisely because there are so few people willing to make it their own.
Until you take complete responsibility for your position in life, you will be a victim – and victims have a very low quality of life, poor self esteem and are bullied by even more incompetent bosses. Do you really want that for yourself?
Think about how you can assume more responsibility for your job and your circumstances, every day.
Personal Solution #2 – Start Working In A Different Hierarchy
Horizontal and vertical hierarchies are remnants of the past paradigms which discriminated people based on status, wealth, position and other factors. However, the new values are quickly shifting this.
The new, most important value that dictates how much you earn and “value” to your company is responsibility.
That is exactly what Zappos and other companies have tried to implement in the last few years. They have implemented what is called “holocracy” – a new organisational operation system which flattens the hierarchy.
Instead of the traditional artificial corporate hierarchy (with positions such as CEOs, managing directors and so on), every piece of the hierarchy assumes the responsibility and tasks which it desires. Of course, this comes with the correspondent work ethic, benefits, salary and so on – but it also provides tremendous freedom, autonomy, independence and creativity.
Basically, this allows you to be use your creativity and practice your leadership as much as you are willing. Using all your resources to make things happen is very exciting for someone who is used to just being told what to do and crushing his natural abilities just because they had to conform to a traditional model of doing business.
Of course, this way of operating certainly comes with challenges and struggles (as Zappos confirms as well) but it certainly looks much more empowering and worth the effort. It might not be for everyone and it might not be suited for every company – but we can all certainly learn and implement bits and pieces from this.
These are just two big ideas which can be very powerful if applied. How can you apply them into your life today? Tribehired is here for you to aid you in this – we can help you create the career you always dreamed of.