Company culture—the atmosphere, work ethic, and values—that a company upholds can sometimes lead to contention between employees and management. If your personal brand is in conflict with the company’s culture, it may lead to discouragement and overall dissatisfaction in your current position.
On the other hand, you have worked hard to get to this point in your career, and it may feel impossible and even reckless to leave a lucrative position because of a clash of culture.
How do you optimize the future of your executive career in your present position when you do not seem to align to company culture?
Assess Your Values
Take the time to consider your personal values. Why are they important to you? How do you hope they will pave the way for your future?
Then take a deep look at your company’s values. Take the time to ask questions. Why does the company hold these values? Are there perceptions you have that may not be accurate?
After you have gathered this information, look deeply at where you and the company differ in values. Ask yourself: Can you work with your values AND the company values? If you can, consider the future of your role with the company. If not and if doing so may jeopardize your future goals, you may find that you need to seek out a new opportunity.
Consider Your Options
There are times where your current post may not be “perfect” in all they ways you hope it would be. However, that does not mean there is not value to be found in your present opportunity.
If you find your style clashes with company culture, you need to consider your future.
Does your current post provide opportunities for advancement in the future that will help you achieve your goals? In this case, it may be advantageous to stick it out to accomplish the success and experience that will ultimately help you pave your way.
On the other hand, if you discover that you may end up being stuck in your current position, your clash with company culture may be the catalyst you need to motivate you to search for a more productive opportunity.