It is the rare office culture where people regularly and comfortably express their disagreement with each other. But where it exists, it can be a powerful tool for better decision-making and better results. People can move on after decisions are…
Seeking perfection can be very debilitating for the following reasons:
- Your focus on detail can leave you missing the big picture. As you format and reformat a document, you fail to notice new information that will impact the overall argument you’re making.
- You fear failure and are often hesitant to act in case you won’t be right. This can be as simple as not wanting to ask a “stupid” question in a meeting or failing to seize a professional opportunity for fear you won’t do it well enough.
- It’s exhausting. The problem with perfection is that it’s in the eye of the beholder. You can work and re-work something forever. There is usually little meaningful benefit from doing so. At best, it’s incremental improvement. Sometimes you have even made matters worse.
- It’s really hard on the people around you. If only you can do things “the right way,” you create disincentives for others to try or leave them believing they will never be able to do it for themselves. This happens as often at home as it does at work.
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