Is it really better to beg for forgiveness that to ask for permission?

Paull Young posts an excellent and amusing Dilbert strip by Scott Adams (who’s blog you MUST subscribe to).

Dilbert.com

The moral of the blog post is that is “better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission”.

Really?

The trouble with using this rather pithy one-liner is that, as my boss Katherine Fletcher reminded me a while back, you can only use it once.

And, once you have used it, you had better make sure you ask for permission the next time around.

4 Responses to Is it really better to beg for forgiveness that to ask for permission?

  1. Paull Young says:

    I guess it depends how often you’re right😉

  2. Bring in $40 million dollar sales enough times, and you’ll be the one giving permission.

  3. *blush* …can’t believe I typed “dollars” and a dollar sign…

  4. “Can only use it once”? Really?

    We’re all playing multiple-turn games, and by playing the “better to beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission”, we’re setting an expectation for future behaviour, settings standards that other players should understand.

    Anyone paying attention should understand how you made past decisions and use that in structuring how they work with you… “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” There is nothing about the “better to beg…” model for action which means it can only be played once.

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