Standard Operating Procedures

“Listen, Keith,” Jason said, “we have a very systematic way of conducting business in this company. Our standard operating procedures have made this a very successful company. You can’t just go off on a whim and do things differently from our highly structured approach.”

“Jason, I absolutely understand what you’re saying,” Keith said. “But I had this great opportunity and one thing I’ve learned in my career is that it’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for approval.”

“Keith, you’re very good at your job and far be it from me to want to hinder your initiative and ingenuity, but you need to be remember that our company has been around for a long time. So long, in fact, that our original company charter was literally scribed onto parchment,” Jason said. “My advice to you, Keith, is that next time, before you find yourself out on a limb that might get chopped off, you’d be better off asking for permission than asking for forgiveness.”


Written for these daily prompts from yesterday: The Daily Spur (systematic), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (whim), My Vivid Blog (absolutely), Ragtag Daily Prompt (understand), Word of the Day Challenge (approval), Your Daily Word Prompt (hinder), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (parchment).

6 thoughts on “Standard Operating Procedures

  1. Marilyn Armstrong August 8, 2022 / 12:20 pm

    In the real world, you ask. Because otherwise, you are likely to be out looking for another job.

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  2. Nope, Not Pam August 8, 2022 / 1:14 pm

    I like this guy, life’s too short to ask for permission. Live by the seat of your pants and damn the consequences

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