Have you ever worked for a manager who set high expectations for you – maybe even higher than you would have set for yourself – and genuinely believed you could achieve those expectations? Did your performance in the end meet or even exceed those expectations? If so, you’ve benefitted from the Pygmalion effect.
If someone you care deeply about is having brain surgery, do you want a surgical team that says, “Done is better than perfect,” in the operating room? We don’t!
Too often, people focus only on the downside of perfectionism. Perfectionism, like almost all other character traits, is not inherently desirable or undesirable. It is not something people should work to overcome. Furthermore, even if you want to overcome it, that’s extremely difficult to do because, like introversion, it’s a character trait.
If you are a perfectionist, we encourage you to embrace it as a strength, not curse it as a flaw. Instead of investing your time trying to shake off your perfectionism, you should seek situations in which being a perfectionist is a good fit. Look for an organization that is passionate about excellence, one that sets high standards for quality and aggressively strives for continuous improvement.
Let’s take a couple of behaviors that are almost universally seen as negative – beating people up and lying.
Can you think of any kinds of roles in which beating people up is actually considered a good behavior that can drive success?
Sometimes enlightenment strikes in the most common of circumstances – like a Saturday shopping trip to Costco with your husband. Standing in the seam between the produce section and the frozen foods recently, I realized that these kinds of trips have improved our emotional intelligence, and they have made both of us better spouses, parents, employees and leaders.
I had the pleasure of attending the National Association for Health Care Recruitment’s (NAHCR) 43rd Annual IMAGE Conference in Savannah, Georgia. NAHCR has always been the premier conference for health care recruitment professionals to collaborate with peers, work to address current challenges and stay up to date on trends in the rapidly changing health care industry. It was not a shock to find out this year’s conference was no different as talent leaders from across the country came together to discuss pressing issues in the world of health care recruitment. I thought it would be beneficial to share some of my personal takeaways from this year’s conversations as you begin to evaluate your own recruitment strategies.