5. RISKING THE JOB FOR WHAT'S RIGHT
Mistake maker: Doc Farmer
Position: Senior security specialist
The incident: Losing jobs for taking a stand
"I've lost a job or two by sticking to my principles and telling the truth to management who didn't want to hear the truth (not even diplomatically). When they've taken risks that put the entire organization at risk and asked me to sign off on them, I've refused. And I've been sent packing because of it.
"But even with that, I don't regret the decision. I have to be able to look myself in the mirror when I shave my head every morning, after all, and I'd rather be unemployed and honorable than being an employed liar."