The penalization of initiative

I’ll keep this one short — no need to belabor it. I was just thinking yesterday, in part through a discussion with a friend, that I’ve literally never had a job — like, ever — where initiative was seen as a good thing. In fact, in most jobs I’ve had, initiative gets you slapped (“That’s my responsibility, Tony” “Um, my name is Ted”) and relentless adherence to tasks is the only thing that matters. If you do the tasks well for about 30…

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