March 27, 2007

E-Ching For the Day

"You cannot place yourself in a position of authority. You must be placed there."

2 comments:

Arcane Rest said...

by people lower, equal to, or higher authority than the authority position given to you?

Eric Olsen said...

That's the point. The point is that authority is only granted on an individual basis. I have given my boss authority over the creative projects I work on. I trust his creative opinion more than I do my own. Yet, there may be other people with professional authority over me that I do NOT give authority. I do NOT trust their creative opinions over my own, and therefore, their job title and personal feelings of authority over me are strictly symbolic, because I have not given it to them.

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