Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). His research focuses on motivation and meaningful work, leadership, collaboration, culture, and organizational change.
Last week, he tweeted:
“Before taking a job offer, it's worth asking: do I want to become more like the people here?
You can aspire to change the culture of a group, but don't overlook how the culture will change you.
Few of us are immune to the values of the people around us.”
I remember making a similar decision at a later point in my career. I had moved into executive leadership roles and was trying to decide if this was still the right path for me.
I looked at the C-level execs in the company and asked myself, “Do I want my life to be like theirs? Do I want to become like them?” I wasn’t happy with what I saw.
Their values and behaviors didn’t align with the type of leader I wanted to become. So, I left (there were other factors involved too).
At earlier points in my career, …