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I once worked for a mobile phone company that had recently merged with another company. Even though my original company was the aggressor, the department director came from the other company. I invented a HTML page that allowed us to access our resources much faster, and when others saw me using it, I gave it to them as well. I even contacted a friend I made in the other company's department so that they would have access to it too. (After advising my supervisors and manager first, who I liked a lot.) Lo and behold this director pays us a visit, and sees me using the tool. After a nice fifteen minute browbeating about using this "unauthorized" tool, my supervisors and managers got in trouble because I advised them first. Now, NONE of us are with the company (Including the director, fired for his incompetence!) Having protocol a priority over performance will KILL innovation in any company.