Rules replace thought.  If you know the rules, you always know what to do.

Rules are comfortable.  If you know the rules, you never have to stretch too far.

Rules are safe.  You probably won’t get fired for following the rules.

Unfortunately, you probably won’t make much progress either.

Rules work when the rate of change is slow enough that they can be adjusted before they are irrelevant.

Can you think of some irrelevant rules in your company?

Worse than irrelevant, what rules are getting in the way of your company’s success?

When do you sit (usually with your colleagues!) and debate the rules rather than taking the actions you know are right?

Ask someone about those rules.

If you can’t find any meaning in them – ignore them.

Do what you think is right – what will make your company be more successful.

Forget the stupid rules!


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