A really thought provoking piece where Simon Bennett entertainingly presents the notion of why we have rules, motivation to adhere to rules, and why and when dissent is permissible and desirable within the rules.

I particularly liked the segment around ‘reactance’ to rules and the difference between the Australian and English attempts to curb the amount of accidents caused by speeding, which significantly affected the outcome i.e. number of accidents.

He finishes with his RIP (rules in prevalence):

  • Keep rules limited
  • Keep rules fresh
  • Acknowledge rules have a carrying cost
  • Remove demotivating rules
  • Rules should be as much informational as directional

Remove stale rules before they become ignored i.e. before they become ‘harmless’