Perfectionism’s Dark Side part 2: From Perfection to Excellence

Martha Stewart, Steve Jobs and some other famous people have reputations as perfectionists. But are those reputations justified? Are those famous figures truly perfectionists, or are they, perhaps, those seeking excellence in disguise? And even if our famous figures’ reputations are deserved, and true perfectionism is what plagues or plagued them, what are the costs … Read more

Perfectionism’s Dark Side: A Big Barrier to Success

  “Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. Healthy striving is self-focused: ‘How can I improve?’ Perfectionism is other-focused: ‘What will they think?’” … Read more

Building the Most Successful Team of All Time

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” —Daniel Goleman, author and psychologist “Negative emotions like loneliness, … Read more

Small Wins, Big Results

“Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens—and when it happens, it lasts.” —John Wooden Despite the fact that we live in a culture that admires “big”—big breakthroughs, big ideas, big money, big muscles, big everything—wise coaches, whether from the world … Read more

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge is power image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. In the last 20 years, understanding and managing knowledge has become a critical factor in helping to drive success in businesses and government agencies alike. Knowledge management has become a hot buzzword that seems to be directed to content management systems and, more specifically, toward … Read more

PQC Turns 15!

Milestones are great, especially for businesses. It means you’ve achieved a goal and something’s going right. Prairie Quest (PQC) is hitting a big milestone in this weekend: 15 years of helping our customers get projects done, helping with program operations, and finding ways to help them be proactive and successful. The official “birthday” is June … Read more