It might be odd to list our business beliefs so prominently. We believe that you should know our business beliefs. These are different than each team member’s personal beliefs. Those are their beliefs and we support them. We state our beliefs to indicate our values as a company.
People Over Profit
Do What Is Right
Embrace and Encourage Diversity
Advisist believes that all people are equal. The term of being “welcome to …” do whatever is not enough. We believe that all people are equal All people should be treated fairly and with respect. Too often these things do not happen. Bradford’s rule, not participating in a panel or public group discussion if underrepresented people are not involved, applies to the entire Advisist Group. If we are asked to participate in a convention or symposium we will apply John Scalzi’s harassment policies. We make efforts to purchase from local and underrepresented people when possible. Basically we help everyone be represented as we can.
Also as noted below, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
A business cannot be truly successful without communication and trust. Open communication breeds respect, keeps people engaged, and ensures that all parties are on the same page and working toward the same goal. It is still possible to be discerning about what is shared, however if you do not provide the necessary information, you cannot be surprised when you don’t receive your desired result. Treat others with respect, welcome their ideas, and be constructive in criticism.
We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to Anyone
Hopefully we never have to implement this one, but it is at the core of our beliefs. We believe in certain inalienable rights as outlined in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. We believe in free speech, but that does not mean that there won’t be repercussions. We do not work with hate or extremist groups. We do not work with private prisons. We do not work with big tobacco. If it would embarrass or cause duress to any team member for people to know the project or client they are working with, Advisist will quickly remove that person from the offending project. We will then review our involvement and determine the right course of action. (See Belief # 1 People Over Profit)
Follow Wheaton’s Law and things will be okay.