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November 13, 2007

Embracing Imperfection

A colleague of mine, Jim Shedlock, uses as his email sig "Don't let perfection or 'better' be the enemy of good." I agree with the sentiment, but not all my colleagues share this outlook. Recently, I heard the same concept described as "embracing mediocrity" - a telling change in terminology.

The hard part of setting priorities comes when you've made all the easy decisions and still don't have the resources for everything you need to accomplish. It's easy to cut a service or resource that's not needed. It's hard to cut one that is needed, but not needed as much as another that you keep instead. The hard choices come with supporters and politics. That doesn't make them wrong, just uncomfortable.

Sometimes "good enough" is sufficient.

Posted by janeblum at November 13, 2007 09:41 AM


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