Structure: to construct or arrange according to a plan; give a pattern or organization to.

A building is a structure because it gives a pattern of floors, enabling organization of people within the space.

Structure provides parameters that require filling-in and thoughtful contribution.


Rules: one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct.

A building has rules which are explicit to ensure safety of the people within.

Rules like 'no indoor campfires,' although bad for s'mores, are good for safety.


You can think of scenarios where you want structure.

Often, the outcome you have in mind looks more like rules.

Paradoxically, if rules are given, you will be dissatisfied.


Structure leaves space for interpretation, rules do not.

Next time, be clear; are you requesting structure or rules?

Structure necessitates leadership to fill its parameters with thoughtful contribution.



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