Kayley loved Thanksgiving because it gave her a chance to spend time with her mommy and gramma, preparing the meal for the whole family. Kayley watched her mom slice off the ends of the ham and place it in the oven.
"Mom, why do you cut the ends off the ham?"
"Hmm... well... I... I'm not sure..."
"If you're not sure, why do you do it?"
"Well, I learned to cook the ham from my mom. Maybe you should ask her."
Kayley looked over to gramma and asked, "gramma, why did you teach mommy to cut the ends off the ham?"
Great gramma sat up and said, "Hmm... well... back in the ol' days, the ol' cook stoves were pretty tiny, and quite often the ham was bigger than the stove, so I had to cut the ends off the ham to get it to fit into the stove.
Rules have their place, but let's not forget that they should serve us not enslave us. Peter Drucker warns us:
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.