A former colleague of mine operated from a basic philosophy or shall I say management school of thought. His management style was “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission.” Simply stated, that theory means it is better to “act decisively and apologize for it later than to seek approval to act and risk delay, objections, etc.”
Variations to this saying include the following expressions:
“It’s better to cross the line and suffer the consequences than to stare at the line & do nothing.
If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.
It may be better to ask forgiveness than permission, but you must produce results.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; who is going to stop me?
You manage things, you lead people.
Do what you think is right (and be right).
Own the result.”
Sure, there is risk to this philosophical style. However, there is no question that it’s implementation moves along progress. It may also remove excuses. People frequently ask a rhetorical question, “Do you need anything; when they know you need everything!” The question can be interpreted as one of “avoidance of action.” Hold up! Can you really condemn them; they did ask!
It’s merely a game; a battle of the minds.
Is it better to do than ask the obvious?
Months ago, I witnessed a friend walking through the door with a bag of paper plates, cups, tissues, paper towels, and napkins. A family had lost a loved one. Wisdom dictated that when there is a flow of traffic in your house – the basic items are always needed. She didn’t ask; she did!
Appreciation and thoughtfulness never go out of style!
Actions always speak louder than words!
There you have it!
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