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Progress Not Perfection

January 30, 2015

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Do you only execute when you think you have achieved "perfection"? When I talk to my clients about the execution of leadership behaviors I constantly remind them to just “make progress” and resist the temptation to only execute when you think you have achieved “perfection”.

Let me give you a quick example:

One of the practices of a great leader is to inspire a shared vision. The execution of this practice is writing out your vision on where you are taking the company and then, once finished, communicating it to your team members. In theory, all major decisions should support your vision. When you do this you will find it to be harder than it looks at first blush. Putting into words the longer term direction of your company will not flow easily from your pen.

Here’s where progress, not perfection rules.

Start somewhere, put something out there and start to communicate it. It does not have to be perfect. Major companies spend millions of dollars perfecting their vision and most of them are not that good or inspiring.

As Nike so aptly puts it: “JUST DO IT”.

In my words: Make progress. You will be miles ahead of most other companies by communicating an imperfect vision. Resist the temptation to “make it perfect” because that day never comes and then you have done nothing.

Please email me and I will send you some guidelines on how to begin to think about your vision.

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