Early on in our careers as leaders, we tend to have these grandiose plans for what we want the culture of our organization to look like.
We come up with core values, put them on a poster hanging in our office, and believe that because they are our chosen values, they will also be the values of our company.
Sure, that works early on when your organization is just you and maybe one other person, but when you start bringing 10, 20, or 30 people onto your team — all who have their own personal sets of values — then the culture is really just a function of the values of everybody on your team.
So what does this mean? It means your culture is really based on how you hire and how you fire.
Plainly, if you have an organization made up of 50 people and they aren’t all aligned with your culture, it’s going to be impossible to get everyone on the same page.
That’s why you must do what you can on the front end to ensure each person who joins your team is a good fit and in agreement with the values you’ve built your law firm on.