Author: Dennis E. Gilbert
Many people might quickly agree that the drive to do things right is a good quality to have. Can it go too far? How do you help a perfectionist?
Many psychological studies have found that perfectionism correlates with depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. Interesting stuff, but for the most part I’ll leave that to the professionals in that field.
Perfectionism is an interesting part of our workplace. While it is almost always important to strive for exceptional quality we are also challenged with time, efficiency, and meeting the demands of the bottom line.
Perhaps the hardest part for the perfectionist is letting go. At least that might be the presenting problem. The real problem though might be overcoming fear.
Here are three common problems for workplace professionals and perfectionism:
Helping a perfectionist has its challenges. Getting them to let go is important but it is not the act of letting go that has to be overcome. It might be quelling their fears about negative outcomes.
Try illustrating these points:
Sometimes the best way to help a perfectionist in the workplace is to give them something different to focus on.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.
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