From Wrong Fit to Right Fit

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

Andre Martin

Does it feel harder than it should to find a company where you can thrive? Are you wondering how we could make work, less work? André Martin, operating advisor, board member, ex-Chief Talent Officer for Google/Nike/Target/Mars, and coach to top founders and c-suite executives, would tell you the issue isn’t good or bad culture, but the fit between your ideal way of working day-to-day and that of the companies you join. Finding the right fit, with massive shifts in the workplace, is hard and yet doable. In this CareerCast, André shares his approach, utilizing social science research, innovative practices from progressive companies big and small, and practical day-to-day strategies. You can leverage these to find ways to work and thrive and help your colleagues and teams do the same.

Aired July 21, 2023

André Martin, PhD, is an entrepreneur, operating advisor, board member, organizational psychologist, and coach to top founders and c-suite executives. He has held key C-level leadership roles dedicated to talent, employee engagement, leadership development and culture in some of the biggest consumer brands including Disney, Mars Incorporated, Nike, Target, and Google. Early in his career, he was an enterprise faculty member and senior researcher at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), one of the top executive development firms in the world. 

When he isn’t helping companies grow, Andre is a guest lecturer at top universities and coveted speaker on culture, engagement, design thinking and innovation, a committed husband and father of two wonderful children, an owner of a sustainable mushroom farm in the Ozark Mountains. Otherwise, he be found hiking the rain- soaked trails around Portland with his two English labs (Bode and the Fonz).

To learn more, check out

Wrong Fit, Right Fit: Why How We Work Matters More Than Ever by André Martin (2023)

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White (2019)

The Culture Question: How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work by Randy Grieser, Eric Stutzman, Wendy Loewen, and Michael Labun (2019)

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups Hardcover by Daniel Coyle (2018)

Choosing Leadership: A Workbook by Linda Ginzel PhD (2018)

The Healthy Workplace Nudge: How Healthy People, Culture, and Buildings Lead to High Performance by Rex Miller, Phillip Williams, and Michael O'Neill (2018)

Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace by William Vanderbloemen (2018)

An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey (2016)

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman PhD (2015)

Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization by Laura Putnam (2015)

The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace by S. Chris Edmonds (2014)

How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work, Featuring the 7 Points of Transformation by Rosie Ward and Jon Robison (2014)

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