I have sometimes been a bit rebellious and disobeyed instructions and orders from my supervisors. This blog is intended to inspire those of you who are like-minded and prefer to do what you believe is correct to do in contrast to your managers' demands of you. It is obviously risky and can be career-limiting. After over forty years working in large hierarchical companies I recently "quasi-retired" so I am no longer being managed and can write about what I feel about being defiant.
A military example of disobedience
I am inspired to write this blog based on the recent book by Marine corporal Dakota Meyer who defied orders in the battlefield in Afghan and authored his book Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War. Here is a brief description of what he did from the book's review in Amazon.com:
"In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out one hundred men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to remain behind with the vehicles, twenty-one year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades."