Definition of Ask For Forgiveness, Not Permission

An approach where a person takes an action or makes a decision without prior approval from the stakeholders needed. If the action or decision turns out to be negative or the wrong one, the person will ask for forgiveness later. It implies a willingness to take risks and make decisions independently, relying on the possibility of forgiveness rather than seeking explicit permission.

Example: The employee followed the principle of ask for forgiveness, not permission when implementing a new marketing strategy that boosted product adoption because the employee did not want to wait for the stakeholder input.

Variations: Ask for forgiveness later

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Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

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Word of the Day

Date: 06/22/2024

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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