The Permissive Environment

How often do you say “yes”? Not in the “Would you like cream and sugar” way, but in the “Try something different” kind of way.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about creating “permissive” environments. Not places where anything goes, but, rather, places where people are free to adhere to a core set of standards and discover how they can be expressed through the prism of who they are.

I understand this doesn’t work in every circumstance. A Big Mac should always be two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, onions, pickles on a sesame seed bun. I shouldn’t walk into McDonald’s one day to find bacon on my Big Mac.

But when you are talking about “Change the World” kinda stuff, do you really want the equivalent of a burger flipper? Do you want someone who can tell you what you already know? Are you willing to not only hear but also learn from those who share your worldview, but maybe not your execution?

More thoughts later…


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