Another deadline passed and the manager called to ask, “What do I do with this employee?” No, it wasn’t the employee’s fault.
I know the manager well. He is a perfectionist. His staff knows it. He doesn’t.
When he assigns work to a person, he expects perfection and will critique it until it is ‘right’. His staff will make it as perfect as possible, recognizing that deadlines matter less to their manager than perfection. His staff is proud of their work product, but disappointed that they cannot satisfy their boss’ requirement of perfection.
Contrast these two maxims:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23
The perfect is the enemy of the good. Voltaire
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