We often say that we are creatures of our environment. The organisational culture we are exposed to goes a long way in crafting the way we think and behave. Here are a few examples to make the point. Over time, I have seen the most unassertive people become more demanding fashioned by an equally demanding environment.
This story should have been called “It’s All in the Family”. The kind of organisation you join makes a significant difference to your outlook and your career. In India today, every organisation claims it is “professionally managed” but this may not always be true.
Rohan is a senior executive who consulted me about a career change some years ago. As often happens, he was not actively seeking a change but a headhunting firm approached him saying that they had an opportunity with a great compensation package and challenges. It was in a very large organisation traditionally run by members of the founding family. It did, however, have many professional managers in their ranks, many having been inducted in the last decade or so.