I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.
– John Wooden
Imagine being at sea, on a ship loaded with jet fuel, in a crowded shipping area, on a very dark night. You are the watch stander on the bridge. You are the person in charge of the safe navigation of the ship. Wouldn’t you take comfort knowing there are the Rules of the Road. All ships are lighted by the instructions in these rules.
All ships will turn or not turn in accordance with these rules.
Each vessel may be crewed from another country and it’s very probable that many do not speak English if you tried to contact them by radio. However, they know they must follow the rules for their own survival as well as for everyone else.
The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the current environment it is great to see certain restrictions – rules – that were put in place have been eased to allow for more rapid responsiveness. For example masks formerly cleared for only industrial use now permitted to be utilized for broader healthcare use. Certain testing restrictions and processes being eased to permit a more rapid answer.
This brings to mind a question for you. Whatever your business is and whatever function or role you have in that business or industry what rules do you see as ridiculous and basically a waste of everyone’s time and effort to comply with?
Would you identify the rule and what it states and the reality of why it is a tremendous waste of time and effort to comply with it?
Isn’t it possible as we recover from this pandemic that a new world order will exist.
In this world we will have the opportunity to rewrite many of the old, out of date rule books?
What if we had a head start and identified the most ridiculous rules.
Those rules which long ago may have meant something, however, no longer do?
Use the comments area for this article and let’s start the list.
I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.
– Lou Holtz
Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on adding value to people. Through Speaking, Training and Coaching we change lives. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their career or business.