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#146 - Wrong Fit, Right Fit: Why How We Work Matters More Than Ever - Andre Martin

“Do not start a job search by looking for jobs. Start a job search by understanding at a deeper level who you are, what you value, how you like to work, and what are you solving for."

Andre Martin is an organizational psychologist and the author of “Wrong Fit, Right Fit”. In this episode, he shared the importance of finding the right fit company for us in our work. Andre used the analogy of writing with a non-dominant hand to explain working in a wrong fit company. He shared some of the common misalignments, such as the modern hiring practices, infinite browsing, and company culture deck trend. Andre then explained how we can work towards finding our right fit company by doing more self reflection using some fit excursions shared in his book. He also touched on the important concept of buffers and the role of leaders and managers in the workplace. Towards the end, Andre shared some practical tips on how companies can create a better right fit culture in the organizations.  

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:03:53]
  • Wrong Fit, Right Fit - [00:05:28]
  • Writing with Our Non-Dominant Hand - [00:07:27]
  • Common Wrong Fit Misalignments - [00:10:25]
  • Way of Working - [00:14:50]
  • The Danger of Culture Deck - [00:22:04]
  • The Danger of Infinite Browsing - [00:23:51]
  • Finding the Right Fit - [00:26:18]
  • Fit Excursions - [00:28:31]
  • Interviewing and Onboarding + Right Fit - [00:33:07]
  • Buffers + Right Fit - [00:37:52]
  • The Role of the Leader & Manager - [00:40:04]
  • Company + Right Fit - [00:43:46]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:47:39]


Andre Martin’s Bio
Andre Martin is an organizational psychologist and talent management executive with 20+ years of experience in talent development, executive team development, employee engagement, culture change, c-suite assessment & succession planning, innovation/design thinking, strategy development, and employee experience design. He is also a father, a husband, and a wildly curious learner who is dedicated to ensuring iconic brands become iconic companies.

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