Get It Right Or Get It Done? A Framework For Figuring Out That Elusive Cultural Fit
|A Tale Of Two Parties
My idea of a party used to be grabbing some chips and salsa and decompressing with friends. I’d spend a maximum of 30 minutes preparing.
Then I met my lovely fiancé, Matthias. He has evolved our parties to an art form. He simply will not stand for serving anything less than home-spun culinary masterpieces. I kid you not, for a recent party he bought a food chemistry kit and used it to make grapefruit caviar drizzled with pomegranate molasses, served on special Chinese soup spoons.
It took us 12 hours to prepare for that party. Much more time and effort than opening up a bag of Tostitos.
But the caviar was delicious. And our guests were wowed.
Matthias is a ‘get it right‘ guy. I’m more of a ‘get it done‘ person. I love crossing things off lists, and I like to convert goals to tasks. Forward momentum is very important.
We – And Our Companies – Sit On This Spectrum
And how about your company? Does it skew more towards get it right? Or get it done?
I find that this get it right/get it done spectrum is really important in determining cultural fit. Do you pride yourself on your analytical orientation, but still assess fit by gut feel? Many hiring managers will have one good bantering conversation with a potential employee and proclaim that the person is the right fit. But this doesn’t mean that the person’s approach to work is compatible with your organization.
I’ve worked in get it right environments. Where collaboration meant seven people wordsmithing every word on a slide. Where the software we developed needed a year of quality assurance before it shipped.
The work was usually outstanding. Yet somehow I always felt antsy. I did much better in a get it done environment, where tasks were measured in minutes and not years, and the product was a service that I provided every time I spoke to a client.
Recruiting For Get It Right/Get It Done Fit
Of course it’s a bit simplistic, since we all care about getting things done and doing things well. But most of us skew to one side.
To incorporate this into your hiring:
Assess Your Culture First
Assess Your Candidates Next
Is there a match?
Of course, every ‘get it done’ organization needs some ‘get it right’ DNA (and vice versa). But the people who are a bit different from the dominant DNA may need manager support — and their own flexibility – to be successful.
You can also showcase whether your culture is more ‘get it right’ or ‘get it done’ in your job specs. Last month I wrote about how to write an authentic job spec that enables people to self-select into your culture.
Let me know your reactions. Meanwhile, I’m off to eat some leftover grapefruit caviar.