At job interviews, hiring managers will invariably ask the question meant to reveal some serious weakness in the candidate: what is your biggest flaw? And, too often, candidates will reply that they are perfectionists. But is being a perfectionist really a flaw, or is it a quality, or – as used in an interview — a flaw that most people this is a quality? Is being a perfectionist a flaw? And this brings up an interesting question. When it comes to work product, what should the measure of quality be? Perfect? Close to perfect? Good enough? How are these terms even measured? Can any work product be “perfect”? And, if not, what is a perfectionist to do? Let’s debunk some of the false narratives surrounding perfect work and perfectionists.
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According to the Stanford-Binet scale, the normal IQ for most people ranges from 85-115. Those with IQs from 115-134 are gifted, from 134-145 are highly gifted, and over 145 are near-genius or genius. But only about 1% of people globally have an IQ above 135, and less than ¼ of 1% have an IQ above 145. Fortunately, a business needn’t employ geniuses to succeed. As Ken Blanchard, author of the One Minute Manager, said “none of us is as smart as all of us.” Genius is amplified in the collective. That’s why a leader’s entire purpose is to get a diverse group work together toward a common goal. Let’s look at the conditions needed for teamwork.
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Across the board, entrepreneurs all agree that teamwork is critical in business. As the saying goes, if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together. That attests to the power of teamwork. Teamwork fuels creativity, offers diverse perspectives, leverages each person’s skills for their highest and best use, increases cohesion and cooperation, raises the bar on drive and self-management, and hyper-inflates problem-solving. A manager who increases teamwork and is able to make a diverse group work together toward a common goal is a true leader. That is the definition. So how do you get a bunch of diverse people to function as a team?
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Ever wonder why managers and leaders constantly push for people to work together as a team? The ability to work well with others toward a common goal is what most every company wants from its employees. But just how important is teamwork in business? Is a team more efficient and effective than each person just doing their part individually? And what’s in it for the individual employees? Even if teamwork is significantly better for the organization, does it benefit individual employees at all? Is being part of a team good for both the company and its workers?
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