It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission
I have found an instance prior to the listed date of this quote: Achieving Excellence in Law Enforcement, by Jan R. Duke
- As one person said, "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission."
- Thanks for that info. That work of 1985 has an anonymous statement related to the attributions:
- Risk taking means the willingness to accept reasonable failures as well as successes. Management must share in the failures as well as the successes. Excellent agencies consider mistakes as learning-experiences. They don't berate employees for failing, as long as it's a necessary risk. As a matter of fact they reward trying. The attitude is that they would rather have someone make an honest mistake for trying than make no mistake and do nothing. As one person said, "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission." In the really good departments, employees will always be working on something new and creative.