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Kaleb Roberts

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Why do people find the need to entrench themselves in rules and policies?

For me, whenever anyone (especially those in authority) say "Kaleb don't do that!" I feel the instant desire to do it. Although desire probably isn't an accurate synonym. It's more like I have to do it or I'll explode. I've been this way for as long as I can remember.

Now that I have entered the workforce, I find there are so many rules and regulations. Granted, some of these have real merit (such as the recycling policies, and earwig steel cap boots when you enter the workshop)

However, there are some rules that are just plain idiotic. What are some examples of this behavior, why do people do it? Is it because (This is my assumption) they are afraid of the unknown? They are afraid of taking risk? Or is something that happens during the "nurturing" phase of life with overprotective parents. Maybe it's even a genetic thing.


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    Jan 3 2013: Kaleb,

    I have moved from entry level positions to executive leadership roles within organizations. When I began I was full of wisdom from the books and school, and my own idealistic ideas. After several disgreements and arguments out of frustrations I was educated further on corporate dynamics, and people management.

    Usually there are very good reasons for some stupid rules in some organizations. And some such stupid rules cannot be explained to some staff due to reasons concerining security and trust. There are many good reasons and good rules in place as well for the overall benefit of the organizations sustainability and growth which may not be favorable to some individuals or positions within a company. Often there is a reason for the madness. Running an organization involves accomodating very complex situations. namely: people management, allocating financial and human resources, legal requirements, allowing people to take good and bad decisions, providing autonomy to individuals, and restricting some decision making powers as well. All of these eventually are driven for financial reasons and secure, stable growth plans. Yes risk taking is a major concern as well for all organizations. Although it may seem that some organizatiosn have taken risks, they are usually very carefully planned and tested ones.

    Having said that there are some organizatons with poor manageres and power holders. They take bad decisions and cover up thier mistakes with authority and arrogance. But such peopel do not last for long and are eventually let go. Companies that do not take the time and trouble to identify such bad managers will suffer dire consequences and fail. If you are in such an organization and you are sure of this, then you are free to opt out and look for a more stable and good company.

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