So much is happening in the world right now that it can be difficult to focus on your company values. You might be facing some financial challenges due to the pandemic, and even if you’re not, there might be one more thing you might find difficult to consider when shooting and customizing. I had to make conscious and sometimes difficult choices in my own environment to stay in line with my values and those of my company. It’s a permanent commitment that I can choose or not. every day. Or does
only see opportunities, good opportunities that don’t exactly match their values, but always look good!
I regularly get requests from organizations I don’t want to work with because our values don’t match. Or, like me, you have to make decisions about your involvement in organizations when their demands for fairness are not met. As I learn more about racism on my Alliance journey, I am making decisions outside and within my organization about how I can best serve the value of justice. Do I stay outside of my business and keep trying to make changes, or do I go and put my energy elsewhere where
could do more good? Even if it breaks my heart to no longer belong to this group, to no longer contribute in this way?
How can I make my business a safe space for people of color within my business? How do I get honest feedback on what I’m doing? How do I choose to listen to criticism? What wrong steps am I willing to take? while I find my way? Am I doing enough?
I struggle with these questions just like you. I want to do the right thing. However, their values have nothing to do with moral authority. You are dealing with your own personal authority. Personal authority is sovereignty in your decisions. .
You have the opportunity to decide what is important to you. You have the opportunity to decide how you act, how you present yourself. You have the opportunity to choose what you stand for. What are you ready to defend? What disadvantages, difficulties and obstacles? Are you ready to fight to live up to your values not just in words but in deeds?
These are important questions. They determine your character. You determine your effect.