Respect still is an important value to me today. Still, I like that quote more and more, as I begin to read it differently.
In fact, I think that neither getting permission nor asking forgiveness are what is at the core of a good change initiative. What seems to be much more important is taking responsibility for the world you live in, and fostering a discussion leading to mutual understanding.
So I see two advantages with implementing a change without asking for permission:
- I take full responsibility for the change. If it affects someone negatively, I will be more inclined to get into a constructive discussion, possibly leading to an adaption of the change, instead of just answering "but it was approved by [insert some authority person here], so it's not my fault".
- Discussion of the change will take place in the presence of real feedback, in the presence of actually observed advantages and disadvantages - instead of speculation, fear of the unknown, and ungrounded expectations.
Thank you Kent! Thank you Grace!