• strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home2/harrissi/public_html/home/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home2/harrissi/public_html/home/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 744.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home2/harrissi/public_html/home/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home2/harrissi/public_html/home/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home2/harrissi/public_html/home/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 159.

Policy − A Help, and a Hindrance

Companies, especially large ones, are often heavily reliant on policies and systems.  This happens, of course, because it is necessary:  a large company cannot function if every manager is going his or her own way, and if there is no means of regulating and controlling how things are done.

But sometimes it gets in the way.  All managers have at one time or another (or ten, or a million) found themselves shaking their heads in bafflement at the pointlessness of being stymied in some attempt to deal with a certain matter by rules that seem pointless, or worse.

Broadly speaking, senior executives view this problem in two ways:  they either take the position that it’s important to support those responsible for ensuring compliance and to stand behind policy, or they recognize that not every eventuality can be foreseen and reduced to a formula.  In the latter case, they use their authority to override the enforcers and to make an exception.

More often than not, the latter approach is the more appropriate one.  Exceptional cases occur, and being too inflexible or rigid can cause you to pass opportunities by.  Rules exist to serve the interests of the company, not to enslave it; when they do the latter, it’s time to get around them.  Relying on rules to the point of refusing to think about special situations is a recipe for mediocrity. 

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