How do you decide whether to respect a boundary or jump over it?
The answer to that question comes down to context. Last weekend, it was a clear-cut decision to heed the red warning sign, “Danger. Firing Range.” I chose to stay on the marked trail rather than encounter a stray shot. Using the existing path, rather than trekking through the brush, also helped me avoid the pervasive poison ivy.
On the other hand, if your organization is coming under fire for staying the course, it may be time to push the boundary. Or, better yet, jump over it. Change your overall approach.
Now I’m not advocating that you break the law or hurt anyone. We should respect certain boundaries. I’m talking about moving past the invisible lines we create that prevent us from finding the best solutions.
Let’s talk about your own boundary jumping experiences.