I was having a conversation with another planner this weekend and he told me something I had never though of before... He said "employers pay people to do what the employer wants" and that because our bosses are the elected representatives of the community we are paid to do what they want even if we think it is bad planning.
I said our job is to promote good planning practices that will withstand long-term market changes, etc. He disagreed, saying our job is to follow the wishes of our bosses and that in any other job, such outright disagreement would result in termination.
What is your option on the topic? Are planners responsible for planning even if it means disagreeing with our bosses or is our job to follow our bosses' orders? Is there any other profession where we so blatantly call our bosses (in terms of planning) uneducated, wrong or even dumb? Not to their faces of course!