Let me start with a quote by Otto Von Bismarck “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.”
Whether you are into football or not it’s most likely you will know Jose Mourinho or at least Manchester United football club.
Man united has been the most dominant club in England for many years, winning countless trophies and attracting the biggest names all across the world, they are one of the biggest clubs in the world. That was off course under their legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but since he retired in 2013, things have not been great. They tried to replicate his success with 2 managers who failed and were sacked…
In May 2016, they hired the ‘special one’ Jose Mourinho, a serial winner , competitor, great CV, great references, tactician, fantastic track record BUT not a culture fit. I won’t get into much detail into why he was not a culture fit however If you want to explore more on culture, I would recommend looking at Damian Hughes and his book ‘The Barcelona Way’.
In December 2018, they sacked him…
The problem is, we all knew he was not culture fit, but he was a winner and man united were desperate to win again. We all been there right, where we have chosen to deal with a difficult person because what they are bringing to the table is so valuable to us…or worse we don’t know they are difficult person until conflict/ pressure arises and we see their reaction and we think “who is this person?”….
This is not an isolated case, I see this all the time, companies will hire people just because of their skills and few months later fire them because of their behaviour or not being culture fit. The question is, why did you not know that the employee was not a culture fit? …or did you? ..some will say “yes we did”…and I would ask “how”…..and they respond …”erm they interviewed brilliantly” ….Well brilliant interview is no indication of culture fit…in this Information Age, a few minutes on google will make anyone sound like a star during interview.
According to sources, Manchester United had to pay over £20M to part ways with Mourinho, but they have lost more than that, they have lost their chance to win the title this year so “the greatest club in the world” is hoping for top 4 spot.
This is the crazy part…
After sacking him, they replaced him with an interim manager, an ex player who is skilled, but Does NOT have any Major trophies under his belt however he is Culture Fit (again I will not get into details of why ) but since his appointment, he has won 10 games in a row, breaking records, star players are performing, fans are happy etc etc. My point is this, it’s better to hire someone who hasn’t got the accolades but has potential, will learn and they are a culture fit rather than all the accolades but not a culture fit…because they will cause problems, then leave…and from my experience, many companies only use their ‘gut’ to test culture which as you can see from the ‘biggest club’ in the world , proved to be a costly headache.
If you would like to hire with confidence and be certain that your candidates are the right culture fit and they will stay
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