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Two good reasons to break the rules

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Just what I needed upon returning to the grey mid-winter
The consistently inspiring Creating Passionate Users blog urges us to F*** the rules!

I told the rest of the team that we should put each rule on trial for its life. Make it sit in the middle of the room and defend itself. And if it couldn’t come up with a good enough reason to live… out it went. At first, of course, it was a “cute” idea that everyone had fun with, but eventually I was shut down when one manager’s response to one of my “But why are we doing it this way?” questions was, “Because that’s what upper management said, and so that’s what we’re going to do! End of discussion!” Based on my response to that statement, I became known as “short-timer Kathy” from that day on…

Elsewhere, Johnnie Moore recommends Peter Block’s book The Answer to How is Yes

“Despite its rhetoric, the culture does not value independent action. The culture wants to ask the family of How? questions: What does it cost? How long does it take? Where else has this worked? And we may have no good answers to these questions. When we say Yes instead, we acknowledge that acting on what we choose costs us something, which is what gives it value. If there were no price in saying Yes, to acting in the face of our doubts and meagre methodology, then the choice we make would have no meaning.”

Yeah! (spins round like James Brown on stage). Some food for thought there as we try to find the right balance between process and passion for excellence.

One Response to Two good reasons to break the rules

  1. By Teaching and Developing Online. on February 11, 2005 at 9:18 pm

    Two good reasons to break the rules.

    I told the rest of the team that we should put each rule on trial for its life. Make it sit in the middle of the room and defend itself. And if it couldn’t come up with a good enough…