I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about my position at the firm and wondering if I could have behaved better. Have I been too stubborn/immature/short-sighted to make the most of what could be regarded as an amazing opportunity to progress through one of the premier law firms in the country? I have asked myself these questions many times and have doubted myself many times. I have been told that this is what the corporate world is like. People don’t care how good you are or what your talents are, they care that your personality either is or is not to their liking. I have also been told that it is naive to expect otherwise.
Ultimately it has come down to my decision that while I may be stubborn (actually I am, G will be the first to confirm that), short-sighted or even naive about the corporate world, this is now how I would like to spend the rest of my working life – scrambling around in an effort to make sure I am liked by the people in power. I much prefer to develop my own business where I will focus on the talents that a person offers, work to cultivate those talents and harness those talents for the greater benefit of each member of the business and the business itself. I believe that is an important key to the success of a business and its clients. I have learned that the little people want to be recognised and appreciated for who they are, not the commercial value they represent.
People say that you should do the work you enjoy and that is so important. Why give so much of your time to a job you are not passionate about and serve people who have no appreciation for who you are as an human being and individual? Where is the humanity is today’s business? Some of the top companies to work for are incredibly dynamic and thrive on their employees’ individuality. I often wonder if these political games played in corporate environments are not just the expression of fear shared by the people in power. What do they fear? Change. People who are different represent a threat to the status quo and that is translated into a threat to the survival of the ruling power (I am beginning to sound like Karl Marx) instead of a brilliant opportunity to be embraced and exploited for the benefit of all.