“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” – Eugene Delacroix, French Romantic painter, 1798 –1863

What will get you better results: A Perfect Plan or Perfect Engagement? All too often leaders get caught over planning, trying to make their strategy, product or presentation absolutely perfect.

Don’t get me wrong – I love and appreciate quality because it does make a difference. But we can get lost in the middle of projects when we are not clear on the destination.

When leaders get obsessed with perfection, they can forget about the message they are trying to communicate – and the result they want the receiver of the message to think and to feel.

If you look at the message below, the product obviously isn’t perfect. But when you read it you get the point, and the message is clear.

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So, instead of getting too deep into tweaking, editing and polishing your product, start by asking yourself…

“What am I trying to get the receiver to think, feel and then do?”

Once you are crystal clear, go and perfect your product. You are much more likely to get the outcome you desire – knowing exactly where you are going.

“Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist painter, 1904 –1989