Gate Jumping

Once in a while, a normally good rule will get in the way of the right thing to do. That rule is a gate that guards a value. Sometimes that value competes with another value. A great teammate will walk right up to that gate and make a decision. The decision to walk away will likely be easy to defend because the team agreed that the gate provided a good boundary. To jump the gate and do the right thing is risky because it breaks a rule to achieve something that could benefit the team. The best thing to do is to count the cost. Only jump the gate if the outcome is something the rest of the team and leadership would be happy about. If you jump the gate, don’t be surprised if you get barked at because you are in fact breaking a rule regardless of the intention.

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