The Perfect Paradox

I was working with someone last week on a tricky issue with consulting interviews. Now this person is incredibly bright, personable, and committed. You may think: so what’s the problem? As it turned out, this person’s greatest challenge is wanting to be perfect. Making perfection a “requirement” decreases this person’s creativity, ability to think differently, and responsiveness in the moment – all important in consulting.

So our solution: realize that most answers (especially brilliant ones) often don’t start out that way. Great ideas begin with a kernel of something good. It’s a start that gets refined. This all means that instant perfection isn’t possible or even desirable.

Have a great Monday,


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