A Communication Parable

Once upon a time, a young, accomplished and enthusiastic worker named SHE got her first job. SHE – being an ambitious, solid and diligent worker – was noticed by those at the top of her organization. Not surprisingly, those at the top quickly promoted SHE to the position of team leader. SHE’s world changed. The … Read more

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

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