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No such thing as PERFECT

Are you a perfectionist at work? If so,it will be harming you personally and professionally,writes Hannah Davies


Several years ago,after I had rewritten a feature that I’d been working on for the best part of a week,my boss labelled me a perfectionist. At first,I felt flattered. I assumed she was impressed by my meticulous attention to detail,my drive to excel and my commitment – but a quick look at her face told me that she hadn’t meant it as a compliment.

I was baffled. Surely,working on a busy magazine,being a perfectionist was a good thing? It was only when I confided in a trusted colleague that I realised what my boss really meant: my perfectionism signified that I was rigid in the way I believed things should be done,controlling – bullish,even – in meetings,and that I had unrealistically high performance standards,not just for myself but for my team.

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