When you encounter something that feels wrong, what do you do? Do you think, the guy that did it must know what he is doing? Do you think, it’s none of my business? Do you think, I’m not getting involved in those politics? Do you think, I’ll let him hang himself? Do you think, I’m busy right now?
Or do you think to yourself, that looks wrong, I’m going to take a little time to investigate? When you find there is a problem, do you then get involved and try to resolve the situation?
When you join an organisation, you sign up to its objectives. If anything contradicts those objectives then you signed up to take responsibility, to get involved and to do what you can to get a resolution. You signed up to do the right thing, you don’t need permission.
If you can see the big picture and the connections that others do not, if you can see the unintended consequences of decisions and actions, then what is important is the action that follows. The knowledge, the contacts, the courage and the influencing skills are critical to getting people to change direction and correct missteps.
When an issue arises, the question is, what is the right thing to do? And that is what we should try to do. Sometimes we fail and we make an new entry in the “I told you so” book or perhaps it should be called the “I failed to convinced you” book.
You don’t need permission to do the right thing but you may need friends and political skills.