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3 steps to managing perfectionism's side effects

from The Recovering Leader

Well over two centuries ago, French author Voltaire wrote, "The perfect is the enemy of the good." It's human nature, as relevant today as it was back then — perfectionism is a common trait, particularly among successful people. Yet if perfectionism were a prescription drug, it would bear a hefty warning label: "A perfectionist approach may cause your best and brightest people to become unmotivated, devalued, dependent, disempowered, frustrated and ultimately disengaged. You put them at risk for doing marginal work, and for leaving. It leads to procrastination, and tends to take a toll of stress on yourself and others in your organization." more

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