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A leadership dilemma

Houseman

The Actual Hero
Sanctuary legend
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Let's say that you're responsible for dozen people. Perhaps you're their employer

Let's say that there's another power above you. You don't directly report to them, per-se, but they have the power to shut your company down. Maybe it's a government regulatory body or something.

Let's say that they're demanding something from you that you do not want to give. Perhaps a new exorbitant tax aimed at your industry, perhaps it's a vaccine mandate, or maybe they want you to fly a flag for a social cause, or cease doing business with people who hold certain views. Perhaps a corrupt official wants you to do something unethical. This doesn't have to take place in America.

Whatever it is that they're asking for, let's say that you object to it, on moral, religious, political, or practical grounds.

But you hold their livelihoods in their hands. If you fold, your employees can continue to work.
If you stand your ground, your company will be out of business and your people will lose their jobs.

What should you do?
Is it worth letting your company die to make a statement? To keep your integrity?
Or is it better to sacrifice your integrity and continue to provide for your employees?

Is it worth turning your business, and your employees into a cog in a corrupt machine, or would you rather detach from the machine and try making it on your own?
 
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Vendor-Lazarus

Arch Disciple
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I'd try to finagle my way around it, while still keeping my principles.
Depending on how successful I am, and I can't get around it, I'd move to where I can get around it.
If I can't get around it. I'd rather shut down my business. I'd let my employees know exactly why we're shutting down though..
 

Houseman

The Actual Hero
Sanctuary legend
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682
This is prompted by GameFAQs and Reddit, where moderators wish that things were different, but they have to toe the line and follow the rules coming down from above, because if they don't entire communities will get nuked.

So they say "yeah it sucks, but we have to do this because otherwise, we'll get shut down, so we're just trying to keep this place alive".

For example, r/KotakuInAction is full of this.

So it's not exactly livelihoods at stake, just people entertainment and community.

I'd rather those places get shut down, so that people can look at the gaping hole where the community used to be and say "what happened there?" Then their question would get answered, and they'd be wiser to the censorship and unfairness that took place. The ruins left behind will be a silent protest in itself, a permanent blister that makes the whole face uglier. Hopefully people will see the corrupt parent-company for what it is and abandon it.

It's essentially the monk setting himself on fire in protest.
 
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