Entrepreneurship · Strategy

When is breaking the rules okay?

Angel Otero Consultant en Freelance IT Consultant & Service Provider

October 1st, 2016

To certain degree startups break the rules all the time. Sometimes way over the limit. When is it okay to break these rules?

Irwin Stein Very experienced (40 years) corporate,securities and real estate attorney.

October 1st, 2016

There is a difference between breaking the rules and breaking the law. I don't think that your premise that startups break the rules all the time is valid. A lot of startups find success by plodding down accepted paths in a new way. 

Wilson Greene Owner at Cliche Group

October 1st, 2016

That is a loaded question.  Can you be more specific as to specific rules you are referring too?  Are they related to HR items (which are broken quite often), client acquisition, hiring/firing, taxes or something else.  Be more specific if you want tangible feedback.

Arthur Lipper Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.

October 1st, 2016

The "rules" have to be defined before the question can be fully and fairly addressed. If the rules are legal then there are and should be penalties paid by the decision-maker of the infraction. If the rule-breaking is of a moral nature involving employment issues relevant authorities should be advised and the perpetrator punished. If the rule breaking is contractual then the damaged party should bring an action against the entity and the decision-maker. Those who are proven to break rules should be punished and publicly labeled as a party with whom it is unadvisable to do do business with. Integrity at all levels is necessary and vital to all relationships. Arthur

David M

October 2nd, 2016

I am guessing you are using the less literal inference of "breaking the rules."  But as with many of these discussions, a vague question has been asked, and everyone is answering it with a specific experience in mind that may not even be what the poster is asking about.

I'm reading your question more as a strategy question of breaking traditional protocol, but I could be wrong.  

Rod Abbamonte Co Founder at STARTREK / @startupHunter / @startupWay / @CoFounderFound / @GOcapital / @startupClub / @lastminute

October 2nd, 2016

There are no rules to break rules.

Harry Kamp Commercial Director at Avicenna Group B.V.

October 1st, 2016

Hey, it is a fantastic question. But like in any movie, start asking what is the story behind the story. The real question is not what are the rules but....who made them why and why do these seem to pose a threat to our business idea. The dean of my business school said ; "if your boss does does not like your idea, fire your boss" ....he worked for British Aerospace... I'm just giving you a philosophical answer but it is a good start. All the best! Harry