In the documentary “Freedom – Uncut”, which George Michael made (but didn’t finish) just before his death, he talks about the battle he waged against his record company Sony, and the highly disadvantageous contract he signed on his debut. In it, he talks about how he wanted to fight against a system that was unfair to him, as it is to most artists.
Unfortunately, he lost the case, but won indirectly by walking away from the house and joining another one, even though he lost some feathers and a lot of money.
He also talks about his convictions, which led him to refuse to accept the mold the record company wanted to lock him into. He preferred to do things his own way and not give in to the dictates of his house, for example by not promoting some of his albums, and with the original idea of taking a back seat in the clip to have the five greatest supermodels of the time appear instead!!!!
As we all know, he finally came out of the closet under very special circumstances, but with pride in who he was, no matter how others looked at him.
Of course, on smaller or different scales, we’ve probably experienced similar actions or slices of life when we’ve fought certain battles or defended our value system.
For example, when I protected certain people on my team, which in part led to my having to part company with that organization at the time. But if I had to do it all over again, I’d do it again, because I was proud of it and I’d also measured the risks.
Similarly, when I didn’t respond to a call for tenders because I knew the dice were loaded in advance. In the same way, it earned me the wrath of general management, because I had to respond for political reasons.
Today, there are customers I’d rather not work with because I disagree with their vision of the company and customer service.
What actions have you taken that reflect your non-negotiable value system? The coat of arms of what you want to be or what you want to do? What projects have you championed? The sometimes difficult decisions you have supported with pride?