Sir: Permission to ACT? “Permission granted.” Rather you’re in the military, or work for in the free-market…. Seeking their PERMISSION is the appropriate thing to do. There are some who think that one of the traits of a “successful leader” is to move forward, deliberately, forthwith, and do so…with or “with-out” permission. Not me. That’s a good way to get your tail fired! I spent the first 23 years of my career “working for the other guy.” I was always able to put myself in his shoes, and therefore “always” acted best in his behalf. I knew when I could move forward (with or without his permission) and when not too. I was, always, able to develop his TRUST, such that I knew the difference; as to “when” I could act without his permission and when I BEST seek his permission. Later in life, and for the next 31 years, I ran my own business(es), and could ACT in my own behalf. Either way, I was never hesitant to move forward. I LEARNED early in my business career that unless, or until, I was the one “signing the papers,” than I darn better know when to “ask permission.” Having to “ask permission” does not dilute your authority, rather, it strengthens it. It is better to move forward knowing your are acting with “authority,” then without. So, that said, for most of us….we work for the other guy…and when you make the big decision, make sure you have the “proper authority” to do so. Hebrews 13:17 – Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. James 4:17 – So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
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