When Your Values Require You to Take a Stand

When Your Values Require You to Take a Stand Sometimes, some situation really offends your values or sense of self. You feel the urge to speak up. But, if you can, spend a few minutes before you do so, deciding whether to go ahead. Who are you doing it for? There are a variety of reasons to confront a perceived wrong. Are you taking a stand on behalf of: The company? You may see or participate in some event which you know will damage the company’s reputation and, in the longer term, your job. Take a stand? It`s very noble of you to be concerned and every boss in the company would applaud you. Unless they already know of the problem and don`t want to fix it. Then you are in trouble. So, the question is, is it worth jeopardizing your job to safeguard the company`s good name? The company’s customers? You may know something about the company or its products which customers should know—financial double-dealing, unsafe products, etc. Take a stand? A judgement call. One of the criteria is probably how much hurt is inflicted on the customer. Threatening safety is one thing; paying a buck more on a…

The Wrong Way to Confront an Issue

The Wrong Way to Confront an Issue As I mentioned in the last post, sometimes you need to take to confront an issue. It takes guts to do so, but it also requires some skill if you want to minimize the damage to your career. Let’s take another example of taking a stand where You had the courage but not all the skills. The hot water way to confront an issue Josh: Erin, your report says the quality has dropped seven per cent.   You: Because it has.   Josh: In your opinion. Okay, so it’s starting. You: No, Josh, I told you—the tensile strength of the robo-bots isn’t high enough. He probably already knows this. Josh: So what? Our toys require parental supervision—it always says so right on the package. They’re safe enough.   You: But if a kid over 60 pounds stands on—     This argument can and probably would go on for a while. Let’s skip ahead.   Josh: Lookit, I’m done arguing. Change the report or else. He’s losing his temper. You: Or else what? So are You. Josh: Don’t mess with me, Erin.   You: You may not have any standards, but I do….

What is Taking a Stand?

What is Taking a Stand? In previous posts, I have discussed situations where taking a stand was an option. Whether it was trying to get a fair division of holidays (Intro), confronting a jerk boss (Power), refusing to maintain a lie (Lying), or trying to challenge groupthink (Groupthink), there can be times when you feel the need to speak up. Let’s do an example of what taking a stand might look like. What taking a stand looks like Amanda is your boss and you both work for an accounting firm. You are a Chartered Accountant as is she. Amanda comes into your office. Amanda: Ryan, I thought we discussed the Sanderson account. You: Yes, I know, but I just couldn’t find a way to not report the loss. Amanda: Oh, put it in a footnote, for god’s sake. You: I can’t do that! Amanda: Well do something. The client doesn’t want to highlight the loss. You: (a deep breath) Amanda, I know it’s important to please the client, but I just can’t do this. Amanda: Ryan, we’ve discussed your inflexibility before and I’ve had about all I can take. You: I’m sorry, Amanda, I’d like to accommodate the client, but…

Moving Out of a Bad Job

Moving Out of a Bad Job In previous posts, I have been talking about challenging a bad job’s ability to sap your confidence by taking a look at the assumptions you’ve made about why you stay. In this post, I want to talk about how to start the  search for a better job. The job search tactics which usually apply, apply in this case also. Dawn Rosenberg Kay has an excellent article on how to look for a job while still employed. However, I think there are special factors in a bad situation you need to pay attention to. Job hunting when in a bad job I’m sure I won’t cover all of them, but here are some things you need to be particularly aware of when trying to leave a bad job. Lack of confidence. As I’ve mentioned, the worst thing a bad job does to you is attack your self-confidence. This may come out in various ways. You may undervalue what you can do and apply for jobs for which you are overqualified. Conversely, because you have lost a reliable way to assess your skills, you may overestimate your skills. What to do: Ask trusted friends or family…

Bad Jobs–Reasons for Staying 2

  Bad Jobs—Reasons for Staying? 2 In the first post of this series, Why Do People Stay in Bad Jobs?, I asked you to identify why you are staying in a bad job. In the last post, I explored some reasons often given to continue working where you are. This post will cover more. I’m already in the best company in the industry. This can happen. When Steve Jobs was alive, Apple was considered one of the best tech companies and so worth putting up with Jobs’ mercurial temper and insane demands. But why do you think you’re in the best company in your industry? Best paid? Most prestigious? Well-known brand? Whatever it is, give a hard look whether it’s worth the price you’re paying. You might feel any other company would be a move down. So what? First, your resume will always say that you worked at the best company. It might even help you move to a lesser known company with a better environment. Best should also include best for you. Back to original article I like my colleagues. Yes, that’s wonderful. But in a toxic work setting, great colleagues often mean people who have your back, or…