>> When the plan fails the problem won't be perceived to be a bad plan.
>> The problem will be perceived to be that the worker bees did not correctly
>> implement the the bad plan, hence the failure. This is especially bad if
>> you expressed misgivings about the plan ahead of time because it will be
>> perceived that your negative attitude and lack of confidence in the plan
>> were key to its failure.
>> I keep using the word "perceived" because, in situations like this,
>> the perception is what counts, not the facts.
@PokerGrumpy - You are so right! I was part of a group a few years ago evaluating a new software package. I was practically the only individual who raised serious concerns about how ill-fitting this software package was for our company. I opined this and continued politely asking questions that would highlight the dreadful consequences if we moved ahead with this package. For my efforts, I was dropped from the panel, and the implementation was handed off to a bigwig in the corporate office who had never been to our outlying office and had no conception of what we did. You can imagine the result. It was purely evil to feel this way, but I certainly felt vindicated when we could no longer count on the numbers coming out of the system.