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Three reasons to ignore your policy manual

My latest Leadership Lab column for The Globe & Mail went up on their site earlier today

Three reasons to ignore your company’s policy manual

Yes, I know. Some of you think that this borders on blasphemy! After all, policy manuals are decrees and edicts that were painstakingly put together by teams of expert professionals, people who know what they’re doing. Sure. But I still stand by my unequivocal belief that corporate rule books were put together to offer guidance to leaders, not to handcuff and prevent them from using and applying good judgment. As far as I am concerned, policies are guidelines, not rules. And as the title of this Leadership Lab column suggests, I offer up three perspectives to make my point.


As always, I want to know what you think. Do you agree with me? Or am I treading on a slippery slope (downhill)? Please share your views directly on The Globe‘s site so that your insights are available to their significant readership. Or if you wish to comment in a more targeted way, drop me an email or send me a tweet (@mergespeaks). I’m eagerly looking forward to your reactions and perspectives (even if we don’t agree with one another).

And one last thing — do me one HUGE favour – help me get the word out … share the link with your staff and colleagues (easiest directly from The Globe‘s site using the share icon at the very top of the article). My objective is always to get the dialogue started so the more people who join in the conversation, the more I’ve succeeded in achieving my goal.  

I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Here is a direct link to the article in case you need to cut and paste it elsewhere:

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