I had a really interesting conversation this week with a couple of friends about the price of authenticity. At the root of the discussion was the intersection where full freak-flag-flying authenticity meets the need to conform to the context of doing business.
You and I have had this discussion a number of times over the years. Let’s say you do the good (and hard) work of getting clear on important questions like:
- Who am I?
- What are my gifts?
- What do I stand for?
- What do I value?
- Is dressing up or looking a particular part to get a job conforming if you wouldn’t normally wear that kind of clothes?
- When do you share your opinions and when do you bit your tongue?
- When do you show some serious creativity and put your personality into your work? When do you play it safe?