Be Real, Be Authentic and Be You!
At certain corporations, employees are conditioned to act a certain way and not be their true, authentic selves. This could taint an individual's experience in corporate America if they don't know how to 'pimp it'.
For example, I am naturally a charismatic person with a boisterous voice. I was told at a few corporations I worked at to "lower my voice" while in my cubicle. I learned that I had three options:
- Conform to the request and lower my voice
- Do not change and risk being placed on probation
- Leave the current job altogether
Depending on where you are in your professional career, you will choose the best option for you based on personal reasons. However, in my case, I chose option 1 because it is the one with the lowest risk.
I never minded blending in as a chameleon at work but that didn't stop me from being loud outside of my cubicle. For example, think of when you're at the dinner table with a 6 year old child. There are certain things that you would not say in front of a child but you would say in front of an adult.
No matter what company I worked at, I blended in but still remained to be the charismatic, Joshua Caleb Jackson that everyone knew and loved. Conforming isn't bad but don't allow rules made at a corporation prevent you from thinking outside of the box. Be yourself and be happy!
Cheers to pimping!