• Carolyn Stuart

Done is better than perfect

Updated: Apr 10

I have always been a bit of a perfectionist. I like to have my ‘i’s dotted and my ‘t’s crossed and I am always mortified to discover a typo or grammatical error in my writing. A brave husband might have once suggested that this perfectionist streak stems from my need to be in control, I prefer to think of it as me always trying to be the best version of myself.

The trouble with perfectionism though, is that we can spend so long trying to get something right, that we end up not doing anything at all. In her book Lean In Sheryl Sanderson has this lovely quote:

“Done is better than perfect”

As I reflect on the time in which we are now living, with everything shifting and changing at pace we have to accept that we are not going to get everything right the first time or that we might do something one way, and then later on figure out a better or smarter solution. If ever there was a time when we were building the plane while it was flying - it is now!!!

(If you’ve never seen EDS’s classic ad from 2007 about building airplanes in the sky take a moment out of your day to watch it.)

The Leaders’ Connect 2020 which I wrote about, and invited people to be part of, last week was a phenomenal success. Monday’s Connect was oversubscribed and so we offered a second event on Thursday which also reached the maximum number. It was a great response and I was feeling pretty stoked about it all until the safety and security issues about the Zoom platform hit the news.

I started to question whether or not we should be using the Zoom platform for our Leaders’ Connect events. The problem was that there is no other platform on the market that I know of that can do the relational connecting that you can do in Zoom. In fact the very point of our Leaders’ Connect 2020 relied on the functionality provided by the Zoom platform!

So what did I do? I decided to stay the course, reminding myself that done is better than perfect. I read everything I could about the safest way to use the Zoom platform, I talked to others to get their view. And so we proceeded. The reality is that nothing online is 100% safe and so I had to quiet the perfectionist in my head and work with others to manage the risks associated with using the Zoom platform for Leaders’ Connect 2020.

It is important that we continue to innovate and give space to new and emerging ideas. The cost of this however is that you will end up managing the associated risks which will be very challenging to those, who like me, err on the side of perfectionism.

I wish you well.

Til next time


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