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“Culture Fit” as an Instrument of Exclusion

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Why Hiring for “Culture Fit” Hurts Your Culture:

Mathias Meyer’s discussion of “culture fit” works with too broad of a definition (e.g., ping-pong may be an instrument or reflection of your culture, but it isn’t culture itself) but manages to make a couple of important points. First (and most important) is the idea that relying on the “culture fit” question is usually an indication of an exclusive culture – and that you’re using it to keep out people who would disrupt the status quo. Which leads to the second critical point, that an over-reliance on that question suggests a toxic environment that is too busy being insular and self-congratulatory, at the expense of questioning its assumptions.

Meyer uses a lot of examples that involve drinking and bars, but I’d say that you should closer to the office first. How does the team engage with the work itself? With each other? When something fails, does it turn into a witch hunt? Or a learning opportunity? Are you using “culture fit” to find more people that are just like you? Or are you building an inclusive team with diverse opinions and talents?

Linkdump for December 16th

by Rob Friesel

AngularJS – Perceived Performance Github user @mendhak has this proposed directive for measuring load time performance of different components in a single-page app. Tl;dr: "loading" a portion of the page may be deferred for one reason or another, but once it is in fact "finished" (based on some user-defined version of "finished") it requests an […]

Linkdump for December 2nd

by Rob Friesel

Creating Desktop Applications With node-webkit By Mike Cantelon, writing at the StrongLoop blog. This isn't the first time that node-webkit has come across my radar, but this is a good little intro for someone who hasn't heard of it before. (tagged: node-webkit Node.js JavaScript WebKit ) Offline First! This website is starting a discussion about […]

Linkdump for October 24th

by Rob Friesel

A Selfie Is Not a Portrait Brian Droitcour: Can a selfie be art? I think so, but it would entail discarding the conventions of subjecthood of the public sphere both for artists and for art—the artist as a singular figure creating singular works of art—and instead thinking of art as an everyday activity. (tagged: selfie […]

Linkdump for September 30th

by Rob Friesel

Inescapable, apocalyptic dread: The terrifying nuclear autumn of 1983 Alexander Zaitchik ( You could fill an entire book with the Strangelovean rhetoric of the first two years of Reagan’s term. (tagged: Cold War Nostalgia ) Jeff Russell’s Starship Dimensions Had this sent to me around the same time that this other (derived?) image was making […]

Linkdump for April 29th

by Rob Friesel

The Myth of America’s Tech-Talent Shortage Jordan Weissmann writing for The Atlantic. And/but what I want to know is: Who are these companies that are clamoring to hire people on an H1-B because it's supposedly cheaper? The "indentured labor" line reads like a bit of a boogeyman to me, and though I'll buy the bit […]

Linkdump for March 23rd

by Rob Friesel

The Most Notorious Counterfeiter Albert Talton Fascinating story about the man who put about $7 million worth of counterfeit bills into circulation. And it sounds like he got just about all his supplies at his local Staples. Just crazy. (tagged: counterfeit ) How to lose weight (in the browser) a pretty good list of […]

Linkdump for April 25th

by Rob Friesel

something something something Russell Davies: Anyway. It's not just sci-fi. I'm also depressed about the lack of future in fashion. Every hep shop seems to be full of tweeds and leather and carefully authentic bits of restrained artisinal fashion. I think most of Shoreditch would be wondering around in a leather apron if it could. […]

Linkdump for February 21st

by Rob Friesel

Valid JavaScript variable names Mathias Bynens going deep on the sometimes confusing world of JavaScript variable names. (tagged: javascript ) David Foster Wallace: The Big, Uncut Interview (2003) At Open Culture (via @fogus) (tagged: video culture interview politics literature David Foster Wallace ) Is Device-Friendly Development a Responsibility? Some musings from local dev Mike Fowler […]

Program or Be Programmed

by Rob Friesel

Right from the first page, Douglas Rushkoff’s book Program or Be Programmed 1 reminded me of Nicholas Carr‘s, The Shallows 2 — only with a broader scope and more buzzwords and a less gloomy appraisal of the subject. Buy a copy on Amazon (affiliate link).[↩]My review is here on this blog. And/or: buy it on […]