Permission is rarely granted in organizations. Most of us are used to get a “No” answer when we ask for permission.

You: “Will you approve a small budget to support this innovative idea the team has?”

Boss: “We have enough problems already”

You: “This will increase our customer’s satisfaction”

Boss: “We tried this ten years ago”

You: “Can I take my idea and test it on my own risk?”

Boss: “Let’s put the idea aside for a while”

Indeed a well known illness every organization might suffer from every now and then. It’s called “mediocrity-lococcus” where managers reject innovation simply because they don’t have enough time on their hands.

The cure?

better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission