We’ve all heard this catch phrase in the business world used when the decision has been reached to terminate an Associate. Its kindred phrase “I was just following orders” has justified many military atrocities in world history, arguably not remotely comparable to the business world, but the similarity holds true and both statements are ripe with lack of personal accountability. Would the business world implode if every person who manages more than themselves started substituting “It’s just someone’s life” for our tried (tired?) and true “It’s just business”? Let’s explore a few action items.