Tag Archives: perfection

The Magic of Making an Effort

| Julie Giulioni | 7 Comments Share on Twitter  Share on LinkedIn  Share on Facebook  Share with Email

Just over a year ago I gave a keynote speech at a conference in Russia. I worked diligently to master a few key phrases. But, between having no natural capacity for foreign languages and not hearing much Russian in my day-to-day life, the result was dreadful. I actually might have insulted their mothers as I greeted the audience; but they smiled and clapped enthusiastically. Throughout the conference, I tried out my slow and very clunky greetings. It was uncomfortable for me and probably sounded like nails on a chalkboard to those with whom I spoke. Yet, even my worst attempts …

Continue reading

Posted in Leadership Matters, Learning Matters
Tagged , , , ,

Perfectionism vs. Persistence

| Julie Giulioni | 5 Comments Share on Twitter  Share on LinkedIn  Share on Facebook  Share with Email

Leaders have a great deal riding on them. Their employees, bosses, customers, and organizations need and expect a lot. For many, this breeds an intense experience of pressure. A belief that there’s no room for error. That everything’s got to be perfect. That they must get it right. For many, this transforms healthy persistence into the unhealthy expression of perfectionism. Perfectionism is a frequently-noted derailer across industries and leadership levels. And it’s damaging to all involved. The perfectionistic leader can experience stress, isolation, procrastination, and risk-avoidance that hurts himself and the business. Those who report to perfectionistic leaders suffer as …

Continue reading

Posted in Happiness Matters, Leadership Matters
Tagged , , ,

The Blessing of the Dropped Ball

| Julie Giulioni | 6 Comments Share on Twitter  Share on LinkedIn  Share on Facebook  Share with Email

I’ll admit it. I suffer from a little bit of SWS (Super Woman Syndrome). OK, maybe a lot.  I entered adulthood in the ‘you can have it all’ era and, although I’ve read plenty of self-help books and dedicate myself (weekly) to the idea of balance, I can’t seem to exorcise it. Is it so bad that I take pride in doing it all – and doing it well? For me there’s always time do one more thing, take on one more committee, agree to one more meeting. In the process I know I put myself (and those closest to …

Continue reading

Posted in Leadership Matters, Learning Matters
Tagged , , , , , ,