Company culture is one of the most important pillars in your company. I once worked with a startup that claimed they wanted everyone to feel safe to propose new ideas and strategies. Yet when someone did, the person was usually publicly humiliated on the company task management platform by a particular member of the C-suite. You can’t grow a company from $100,000 to $1M under this type of leadership, so I left.
Our company culture at TMDP is pretty clear. If you want to be here, you have to be open to learning from your peers, ready to teach your team members, honest, transparent, loyal, offer praise in public & critique in private, comfortable with attending high profile events and speaking humbly to people of all backgrounds.
I often test people with a question that is considered socially taboo to see if they can turn the “anti-transparency-filter” off when speaking with someone within our team.
If this sounds like the type of company culture that you’re aiming for, here is the list of questions I ask people, when they apply to join TMDP:
- What are your two Myers Briggs types?
- What are your Belbin Team Roles?
- What extracurriculars did you do in high school & college?
- Why did you choose your field of study in Undergrad?
- How did you chose your college?
- Why do you want to work here?
- How would working here fit in to your 10 year plan?
- How many siblings do you have, how old are they and how close were you as children?
- Tell me about a time when one of your siblings got into trouble.
- Tell me about a time when you got into trouble, who helped you to rectify things? I’m looking for a mention of advisors or peers guiding them.
- What was the last “new thing” you learned and how did you learn it?
My goal with these questions is to see if the person thinks in a way that is complimentary to my own. Why? If they do, the speed at which I can communicate with them is reduced making our ability to create and implement new ideas and discover new growth strategies, exponentially faster. For our competitive advantage to remain “growing companies fast AF”, I need to start with the people behind the TMDP.