Rules for rule-makers

Rules for rules… the (il)logical sequel.  Bureaucracy doesn’t get any better than this!

If you feel the need to create a rule or two, I think you might need some guidelines.  So here are some suggestions (feel free to add your own):

  1. Start with why – understand what the rule is intended to achieve;
  2. Ask yourself ‘Is it really necessary?”, “What purpose will it serve?”;
  3. Listen to the answer.  No, REALLY listen.  You might change your mind;
  4. If you still feel the need, make sure that you understand the impact that it will have.  Insensitive regulations will annoy people;
  5. Take personal responsibility for the rule – keep it up-to-date and dump it as soon as it is no longer required.
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