Should you break the rules?

Don’t make the mistake of confusing timeless principles with timebound rules, regulations, and policies.

If you pull out the company manual where you work and read it, you will find very few principles.  What you will find written on its pages will be rules, regulations and policies that were put there to address issues and situations that arose at a certain time and place in the past. 

Are they helpful today?  Maybe but maybe not.

Rules, regulations, and policies have a shelf life and to mindlessly follow them because that’s the way you’ve always done it is to ensure that your company or organization will also have a shorten shelf life.

If you are in a position that allows you to veto or amend the rules and regulations that governed your organization, wisely take advantage of that privilege. 

If you are not, then, without compromising the timeless principles of ethics and morality, you’ve got to figure out a way to honor the past without compromising today and tomorrow.

Maybe it’s as simple as challenging the process. Also, here’s a mindset that may help…

(Caution! Wisdom, integrity and discretion are required.)

The ONE THING for today: Some people refer to the organizational manual to see if they are specifically allowed to do something.  Others look at the manual to see if they are specifically forbidden.  There’s a world of difference between the two mindsets and a world of difference between the outcomes.  The former keeps you trapped in the past, the latter at least gives you a fighting chance to move into the future. 

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