Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Guidelines vs rules

A rule is prescriptive. You follow it or you break it. It's an absolute. Non-compliance has consequences. It allows for no discussion.

A guideline is suggestive. It frames appropriate judgment. It's a variable. Non-compliance might have consequences if the rationale for straying outside the lines is not sound. It allows for discussion.

Some rules are necessary: stop at a red light; don't kill; don't steal; wear a hard hat...

Some guidelines are necessary: wash your hands after going to the bathroom; don't pet the strange dog; eat a good breakfast...

So ... the next time you make a pronouncement, is it a rule or a guideline?

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