Perfection. It's Overrated.
I admit it. I’m anything but perfect. But that doesn’t stop me from trying. I guess you could call me an imperfect perfectionist – and if I let it, that combo could easily drive me (and every other leader) crazy.
Thankfully, I have a supportive boss who encourages lowering the bar and focusing on getting things done, rather than getting them perfect. Even still, I’ve had to find ways to slow down my need for perfection to stay focused on the big picture.
There is one thing that typically keeps me on track when I’m ready to go down a rabbit hole or make that infamous “one last” edit. I ask myself a simple question: “Will this drive business value?” If what I’m about to do is solely chalked up to personal preference, then I do my best to move on. Like most senior leaders, I have a lot of preferences. But I’ve learned that focusing my time and energy on driving value goes much further.
Next time you’re feeling the urge to give in to your inner perfectionist, challenge yourself. Chances are you’ll be surprised by what you do – and don’t – take on. If that doesn’t work, ask yourself: what’s so great about being perfect, anyway?
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