I found the news that Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia has decided not to censor the Chinese version of Wikipedia to be of great interest (Read This). Not because of the politics of access to “free” information and government censorship, but because he said “NO” and held true to his convictions.
All to often in today’s world we compromise. It might be for money, it might be to avoid problems, but we agree to something we know is not correct, or is not our first choice.
The ability to say “no” and to maintain your vision of your company, your ideals or goals is in my opinion admirable. I am saddened when I see decisions made, and principles “reorganized” in order to make an extra dollar or avoid a conflict.
How often do you draw the line at work and refuse to compromise your hopes, goals, values, ethics and morals?