Just following Orders as an excuse was thoroughly negated after Nuremburg. There are however situations where a supervisor is in a tough middle spot. In theory we hire supervisors to not be passive executors of senior management guidance; but it seems in a zero tolerance of failure culture the ability to express concern or propose other options is severely limited. The corollary to this is if supervisors can only do what they are told, staff is even further limited to do only want is “acceptable and safe”.At this point we no longer have supervisors and staff, we have cogs; a veritable assembly line of policy creation and or enforcement. And that ends with federal employees being labeled as useless bureaucrats. At all levels we should be encouraged to perform to our best, keep innovation, creativity and empowerment the guiding principles of management and leadership.
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