When we talk about execution – about getting things done – one of the things leaders run into is the question about quality. How good is good enough? I saw this a long time ago and recently saw it again on the internet (I’d like to give credit to the creator but don’t know who it is).
If 99% were good enough…
Now some of you may think I am going to advocate 100% – and you’d be wrong. As leaders, we need to define what quality means to our organizations and teams. There is a cost to quality. I have seen many projects fail because someone on the team inappropriately strived for perfection. In some cases 100% should be the goal – but not always. How would you define quality?
On a different note – how do you define quality for your life? Are you constantly striving for perfection? While this can be a very good personality trait, if carried too far you can ruin your life. Cut yourself a break. No one is perfect! You can strive for perfection in the hopes of achieving excellence, but if you shoot for the stars and only reach the moon – be sure to celebrate the fact that you’re out of this world!
All the Best,