This week’s focus: It is far better to seize new opportunities first with an imperfect solution, than it is to get their fourth with the perfect response. Bloomberg, Tesco, Amazon and Samsung, for instance, have all built their success, in large part, on their ability to move at pace, get their first and then improve their position still further.

So why do so many business leaders demand a perfect solution before going to market? I believe that a quest for perfection is driven by a fear of failure, but the irony is that perfection addiction increases your chance of failure, as it undermines your people’s initiative and commitment, stymies strategic development and inhibits growth.

Where is your pursuit of perfection inhibiting your ability to achieve your goals?

Off The Record: Waiting For The Great Leap Forward by Billy Bragg

In a perfect world we’d all sing in tune

But this is reality, so give me some room

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