For many individuals, the search for the ideal partner, group or organization to work for will most likely not happen in their first experience. If it does, most experts would agree it was a fluke! According to Baack (2012) it takes time and several goes at jobs to discover what that individual really wants from that partner, group or company (Baack, 2012). For example, an individual that values social interaction the most, will seek a person, group, or consider working at a firm where they can have that kind of experience. A person on the other hand, who is only interested in climbing the corporate ladder to achieve personal wealth and status, will pursue opportunities that can fulfill those desires.
When an individual finds that perfect person-organizational fit, they are more likely to encounter many positive benefits from that experience. Most strategists will agree that part of career management requires a certain level of personal awareness with respect to what an individual believes is important. After that has been identified, then they can move forward to seek the best organization that will meet their criteria. In other words, conducting an assessment on one’s self is part of finding the right fit. In truth, how can you find the right fit, if you don’t really know what you want?
In my eBook, Ethics in the Real World (2013) I share several examples from my own career experiences of some of the barriers I discovered from my own inabilities. Not recognizing these barriers at the time, presented obstacles when making the right fit with partners and organizations. During my research work, I also discovered that mismatches typically occur for some of the following reasons: (a) a lack of self-awareness, (b) not having the knowledge, or a higher level of education to provide the tools needed to comprehend the right course to pursue, and (c) not understanding all the components required to create a fertile environment to help achieve that perfect organizational fit. What is just as important to acknowledge, however, is that while the search to find and secure the ideal connection is significant to our health and well being, we must also remember to make the best of each situation we confront along the way, because the learning experience of the journey is just as important as reaching the destination itself.
That’s it for this week. Have a great weekend everyone and stay organized!
If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. – Albert Einstein