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December 11th, 2006


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02:57 pm - Be Prepared for the Murkiest Scam
This morning, our company unveiled the Core Values that had been worked on for months. Members of the Executive Team went through the values and described what they meant to the company and to us as employees. We were asked to share our thoughts. The first two values brought up were "Integrity" and "Personal Fulfillment and Satisfaction." I had an anecdote in mind to share for Integrity, but I was afraid to speak up because I'm really not that great at public speaking. Or speaking in general. My heart starts beating really fast and I get really nervous and I trip over my words even though I had worked out in my head what I wanted to say and it's all very scary. The anecdote also worked for Personal Fulfillment, though. There was a slight digression during that section, however, and they almost went on to the next value, and I quietly said, "No, don't go on...okay, go on," but someone did notice, however, and let me have my say.

I had been reminded of a conversation I had had with upanashad a couple weeks ago. I told her I worked at a pharmaceutical company, and she responded, "Oh no, you're the enemy!"

I said, "No, we're a good company! We give free drug to patients who can't afford it!"

I related that bit of dialogue because it fit with both the Core Values the CEO had just described. "It made me feel good that I could say that with confidence," I said. "I like that I can say we're a company whose bottom line is treating patients, not making money. It makes me feel proud to be a part of this company, and I can't imagine working anywhere I don't feel that."

The people in the Board Room applauded. "Good job, Sunil!" said a couple of my co-workers.

It was actually an epiphany I had during that meeting, with the discussion of values. That sense of pride I got from working here, and the fact that once I had tasted it, why would I work at a company where I didn't feel like that? Money is great and all, but I now really understand why someone would take a job with lower pay if they felt better about a company, because you can't buy that.

Later on, I wanted to commit my anecdote to tape since they were filming some sort of video about the values. I wished I'd shaved. And put on a better shirt. The one I had on was so...green.

Which was a big problem when I went in and found out they were filming in front of a greenscreen. I would be a floating head! Luckily, I had a jacket to cover it up.

I sat on a chair, and they micced me, although there was also a boom mic. As it turned out, I had to answer a bunch of questions about the values and the values process before I could get to what I wanted to say, so I winged it. They probably won't use anything since I talk too fast and break up sentences and basically suck. They even had to dab a little makeup on my shiny nose and forehead. And I had to rework my anecdote on the fly to incorporate more of the values stuff since they would only be cutting me, not the questions I was being asked.

As I walked back to my cubicle, I ran into the VP of my department. I remarked upon my having to fend off invisibility by putting on a jacket, and he said, "I'm sure you looked great." I told him I had recorded what I'd said in the meeting.

"I'm glad you said what you did," he said. "I think people really appreciated it, and it was very meaningful."

"Well," I said, "it's the truth."
Current Mood: hopefulproud
Current Music: Lily Allen - Smile

(39 memoirs | Describe me as "inscrutable")

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From:truemyth
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a great experience. I'm glad you've found such a fulfilling career!
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From:darlingviolenta
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
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That anecdote made me smile.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Well done, you magnificent floating head of truthiness.
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From:amberlynne
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Hiring marketing writers by any chance? Heh. You are very lucky to work at a place where you can say that! I'm glad that you are smart enough to appreciate that. ;)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Hiring marketing writers by any chance? Heh.
Heh. I don't think so, but if I hear of anything, I'll let you know!

You are very lucky to work at a place where you can say that!
Aren't I? It feels too good to be true.
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From:allthelivesofme
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
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"I like that I can say we're a company whose bottom line is treating patients, not making money. It makes me feel proud to be a part of this company, and I can't imagine working anywhere I don't feel that."

Since I wasn't there to hear that, I'll just applaud now. *claps* :-)
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From:tigeremme
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
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hmm. i posted a message, and it died. what it said was:

cheers, dude. that's what i feel like when i work for YMP.

and hey, name a night and we'll go have dinner in Berkeley. I'm free Wednesday night, Sunday night, and Tuesday night-and-beyond.
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From:tigeremme
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
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oh, and, do you feel like seeing ryan?
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From:erinkayehashet
Date:December 11th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Wow, what a nice story. I'm so glad you have a job you both enjoy and can be proud of.
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From:jadelynx
Date:December 12th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
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I love that story. It's one of those things my business partner and I strive for. To do for people and not just make things about the bottom line. We obviously aren't shaking worlds by handing out free drugs, but I hope that what we do offer to those in need helps even a little.

I remarked upon my having to fend off invisibility by putting on a jacket

Ah, if only we could all hide our super powers that easily. ;)
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From:sterope
Date:December 12th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
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Icon! That was totally the best part of the episode.
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From:upanashad
Date:December 12th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
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It was actually an epiphany I had during that meeting

An epiphany during a meeting is much better than a nap.
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From:schnappycat
Date:December 12th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
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Unless you work for a sleep clinic.
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From:schnappycat
Date:December 12th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
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Yay for liking your job and company! That's fairly rare, among people I know, anyhow. So good for you!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 12th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
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I know! It's sad that it's so rare.
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From:squaringkarma
Date:December 12th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
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Such a lovely story for this time of year.
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From:miniglik
Date:December 12th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
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At the beginning of this story I thought you were going to go all "The Office" mocking sitting around and dicussing the "Core Values" of the company. I'm kinda glad it wasn't that, as I think you're right -- being proud of your work (or being proud of your employer) is very important to your happiness. So, "yaay" for your job being good for you and not just mock-worthy. (Or, for the values of a company not just being lipservice.)

On an entirely different note: it's so jarring that you're socially uncomfortable in "real life" because you're so not in this medium. Your story reminds me of J, in that he usually has something interesting to say, but he doesn't get it out in time or no one will let him get it out, because they override him. (And his interviews never get used, even though he's frequently interviewed. Here's hoping yours IS used.)

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From:spectralbovine
Date:December 12th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
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(Or, for the values of a company not just being lipservice.)
Yeah, they really MEAN something! How fucked up is that?

it's so jarring that you're socially uncomfortable in "real life" because you're so not in this medium.
I'm bad at talking. It's a thing.

Here's hoping yours IS used.
Well, the lady said I looked really good on camera. Because my dark hair shows off my white teeth and I have a nice smile or something.
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From:soundingsea
Date:December 12th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
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I'm proud of you!

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