What do you do when you are asked to do something questionable? This story is about why standing up for your beliefs may be worth it, even when the odds are stacked against you.
Joe Andrade, a career salesman, had just started a new job as a territory representative for a wholesaler. His new boss had asked him to fire another representative from another division in his same territory.
His co-worker was asked to do the same thing for his co-workers counterpart. Seeing a pattern, Joe dug in a little and believed there was something more going on. He believed he was in the middle of an unethical problem.
This put Joe on edge and for a week to where he was full of anxiety and coping day-to-day. He had a choice to make, does he fire the other representative, or does he do something else?
In This Episode
- We hear a story from Joe Andrade about him wrestling with his ethics
- When it is worth it to take a stand
Taking a stand
When Joe found out enough to know that something might be wrong, he did what only made sense to him. He called the company’s ethics hot line to report his new manager.
He faced himself and asked himself, “If I don’t take a stand or be bold and courageous then who am I really. You know? What kind of character do I have? What is my reasoning to be on this planet? To conform to evil? Or to stand up for the meek and weary?”
Joe’s values and morals were in a completely other place than his boss.
The cost for standing up for your beliefs
It all comes down to this. Would you rather live with yourself knowing that you are doing something wrong or are you willing to pay the cost of possibly loosing your job, role, or ability to thrive? Is standing up for your beliefs worth the cost?
For Joe, it was a definite, “Yes!”
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