Who owns that dumb corporate rule? No! Really? Why? Who made this rule up?
The next time you come across a colleague or a company who says something can’t be done because of a rule, ask them to explain why the rule exists, and then ask who owns that rule. I’ve tried this a few times and it always results in a blank, dumbfounded look. The reality is no one questions the rules we have around us. Well, that’s not true. Innovative companies challenge the conventional wisdom – the rules of the game – and breakthroughs occur when these rules are stripped bare and found to be superfluous.
Challenge your rules. Some rules are good rules and necessary rules, but many rules hold organisations and talented people back. As a leader go on a crusade to eliminate the unnecessary rules in your business; remove the shackles that stifle creativity and passionate energy.
Put a name and a face on every rule – make rules accountable.