I have often heard the statement… “Forgiveness is easier to ask for than permission” … this is seen as a “fun” way to excuse getting your own way, but it couldn’t be further from the truth.
This is just an excuse for insubordination and/or disobedience. It shows that there is no regard or respect for due process, structure or authority. If used at a senior level it shows that there is complete disregard of accountability or transparency and the organisation itself. It is time to stop making excuses for poor systems and leadership.
Why not set up systems to deal with emergency or urgent decisions before they are needed to be made, and put a documentary system in place so that if questioned or audited the organisation will still keep its integrity and reputation.
Paul S Allen