As a friend – who was homeschooled – spoke of a new corporate adventure, I realized he was simultaneously learning high school and the corporate environment.
A friend of mine won an incredible position at a huge, international company. It was his first time in a corporate environment. As he told his tales and asked for advice, something seemed oddly familiar.
I realized I was giving him a rundown of the major rules of high school – and the Mean Girls movie. He was homeschooled so he never experienced the lessons – and scars – many of us walked away from in those four years of high school.
As a consultant, the first thing I learn in each business I visit is the culture. Each of my visits begins with a Janis Ian who gives me the typical layout of the buildings. The couple hundred Janis Ians of my life give me a quick and critical lesson on the company’s culture and players.
Had I thought of it before he started, I would have given my friend these eight quick organizational culture lessons that most of us learned in high school or by watching the Mean Girls movie.