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."