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Let me twist this the other way round –
How would you feel if the President of your company is cynical about your organization, its products, its people and its processes? Would you work for that President?
If you want to head this company some day,  would it not be fair that you commit yourself totally to its people, products and services. You must understand the company’s mission and its values. You must live the company culture. You must do this as your second nature. You must at all times be worthy of being a representative of the company that you work for.

  • Use its products. If possible promote them tirelessly to all, especially family and friends.
  • Buy your company’s stock, if available (and affordable).
  • Talk about the great people you work with. Be proud about them as your colleagues and friends.

We have all seen this enough times

    • customers do not buy from salesmen who do not believe in their product.
    • candidates do not join companies where HR does not believe in their own company’s values
    • employees do not want to work for managers who do not believe in the company
    • prospective employers shun candidates who talk ill of their previous organizations

If you do not believe in your company’s products, values, services or vision – DO NOT work for that company. There is no point in having you go through the dissonance each day, personally and with people around you. If you do not believe in smoking or explosives or that addictive video game, don’t work for such companies.
Cynicism about ones own company, its people and products is hallmark of a loser, not its future President.
PS: I am not suggesting that you must blindly advocate the wrong, if the company does one. If something is amiss, critique it constructively, offer to help and share with your superiors on the disconnect and how you plan to fix them. Do all it takes to fix it.  Or, may be there is a reason for the way things are that you may not know. By all means avoid the gossips and cynicism.