The hard deck for this hop was 10000 feet. You knew it, you broke it.
We weren't below 10000 feet for more than a few seconds. I had the shot, there was no danger so I took it.
You took it and broke a major rule of engagement. Top Gun rules of engagement are written for your safety and for that of your team. They are not flexible, nor am I. Obey them or you are history. Is that clear?
I love the movie Top Gun and this is such a critical message in the movie.
Not only because of the safety issues which could have ensued, but it shows the importance of everyone following the rules and being a great team member (and thus a leader).
So why does Maverick break the rules?
Simple: he thought he was above them and believed his judgement should have been enough.
But of course, it's not.
FOCUS: Build Your Systems
Systems only work if everyone (owner, management, staff and clients) follows them.
So regardless of the 'I thought I could', 'I didn't know' and 'My way is better' type of responses you will get from people who break the rules, they shouldn't be acceptable reasons for doing so.
However, often these reasons have to be initially accepted because people aren't clear what they can and more importantly, what they can't do.
Because boundaries and expectations haven't been documented in an Organisational/Staff Handbook or in a Position Handbook.
Or if they have, they are so complicated, people don't follow them because they don't understand them; or they are so out of date, they are irrelevant.