Innovation trap Perfectionism: contacts and networks are everything!

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But even if perfectionists succeed in meticulously removing their task assignment, many examples show that it really does not matter. Success often does not depend on performance. Much more important is the right network of contacts.

Innovation trap Perfectionism: contacts and networks are everything! Innovation trap Perfectionism: contacts and networks are everything!

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Success through notoriety


A very large part of the success is through the spun contact network and the name recognition in the Company certainly. Pure hard-working workers, who quietly work their way through their little room from morning to night, therefore have bad cards, because nobody sees how they toil.

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The boss, who comes first to 9 clock, does not realize that they were already around 7 clock to get the project concept done on time. He overlooks that you do not make a lunch break, because you still have the eMailList must work through. And when he goes to 18 clock, he also gets no more, as the perfectionist beats the night because he still processes the files.

Do good and talk about it


Perfectionists often recognize the importance of positive self-presentation in companies, when colleagues on the career ladder pass them by and get them professionally behind them.

For others, when no one is going to put their mouths to their lips, many perfectionists are silent, because this form of self-expression seems inappropriate to them.

Working on the performance limit is more damaging


Instead, they always work on their performance limits, hoping that others will notice their dedication and talent on their own. Secretly, however, they often dream of breastfeeding from accomplishing something truly great that surprises and outshines everyone else.

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But it rarely happens that the increased use is also perceived, because the performance is taken for granted by most bosses.

What superiors perceive, on the other hand, are the negative aspects of perfectionism, because they are, unfortunately, much more obvious. Perfectionists often have not only to themselves but also to other high demands and are extremely truth-loving.

The good wire is important!


Therefore, they are reluctant to keep up with their opinions, even if it hurts. In addition, ambitious people are practically in constant competition with others are therefore already uncomfortable.

But whoever, for example, constantly in the meeting, colleagues and even the boss openly criticizes and shows that he knows everything better, does not need to be surprised if he is soon condemned as rude and uncomfortable and uses his sympathy points. Instead of laying your finger on burning wounds, it would be much more convenient to play the game around the beautiful sparkle.

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Principle of humanity


Because often rises on the career ladder faster, who has a good line to the right people. This is due to the fact that humans are by nature less designed for competitive behavior than for cooperation.

The neurobiologist and physician Joachim Bauer has justified this in his book "Principle Humanity: Why we naturally cooperate" very plausibly. Accordingly, the basic human motivation to find and give interpersonal recognition, esteem, affection or affection - and not, according to the motto "survival of the fittest" to eliminate the competition.

Why we should cooperate


And the relationship with the boss will be better if you cooperate with him, instead of constantly criticizing. This does not mean that you are constantly sacrificing yourself for it: it is much more about supporting the boss and the company in their goals by putting oneself in the right place and knowing what he wants before he speaks it out.

It's all about being informed about the processes in the company in order to be able to act properly if necessary. And it's about expanding your own skills to be useful to the business. Who acts like this makes life easier for his boss and indispensable for himself - career guaranteed!

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Founders stand in the way with perfectionism itself


But even who owns his own boss, stands in the way as an entrepreneur: Because as a founder no one can say exactly how to do it, and this makes many enormously unsettled, some founders apply all sorts of perfectionist habits to their uncertainty Compensate: You want to make everything as correct and perfect as possible and avoid any mistakes.

Because the strategy of wanting to avoid mistakes at all costs, even as a self-employed person, only results in decisions being postponed or not even made - absolutely deadly for founders, for whom the ability to decide independently is one of the most important qualities. Perfectionism thus also inhibits the ability to learn from mistakes - and thus any innovation.

Break the joy of your own idea?


But that's not all: perfectionist founders are only too happy to lose themselves in the smallest details, such as the design of the business card, instead of keeping the big picture in view. Then stubbornly follow the path you have taken, because every deviation leads to even more uncertainty.

The joy of their own foundation, they make it even broken. And instead of working effectively, many founders fall into blind actionism. But that should not be, if you just make it clear why you act like that - namely insecurity!

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  2. Simone Janson

    Hello Mr. Hagemann,
    thanks for the stimulating discussion. I suppose you are a professional? Unfortunately, you did not specify a website where I could find you. Your contribution is stimulating because it shows very nicely how my theses can be misunderstood (or want?). And very nice also your polemical exaggerations.

    The answer to your rhetorical question expressed in the first paragraph you already give yourself: "Although he has called for a prioritization of the work, but he still wanted all customers (ie 100%) to be served, every penny of sales is taken, each Minute of daily work is also used, as a company does well. "

    Exactly this is the point that perfectionists often misunderstand: 80 percent performance does not mean that in the end only 80 percent result comes out. It does not mean that we do not bother and fool around, it just means to find a healthy measure. On the other hand, however, a pilot with such a 100% performance unfortunately can not rule out that the plane still crashes, even if just perfectionists are eager to persuade themselves to calm down. Exactly, but that usually leads to uncertainty.

    Interesting is your argumentation chain from the pilot over the employee of a waterworks to the manager: They argue exclusively from the result, implying thus already, that always synonymous always only 80 percent output come out. However, there are numerous studies that prove the opposite and even show that the tendency to do it right at all costs leads to mistakes, because you are only struggling unnecessarily. Imagine only one employee who is to serve a new machine: Perhaps he has rolled the manuals for the night, but is now making mistakes out of lack of sleep?

    In this regard, I plead with my theses for a rethink, because the dominant especially in Germany perfectionism is also anti-innovation. I am therefore looking forward to further lively discussions and feedback from the field.

    Simone Janson

  3. B. Hagemann

    Nice advice give here Mrs. Janson. The manager should only give 80 percent instead of the possible 100%. then - as your last sentence in the article in the magazine "Manager Seminars" - did a perfect job.
    Sometimes completely among us: you do not mean this nonsense. Or?

    For what would happen if the captain of an aircraft, the train driver in the ICE or simply the employee of the control center of the municipal waterworks or maybe even a manager would really follow your advice? What would be the result? Flights that crash after 80% of the route? Trains that just stop after 80% of the way? You only get 80% of the day (about 19 hours) of water to shower, cook food, etc ..? A department of a company is closed, just because a manager who "forgets" not so important conversation with the staff council for him.
    That hardly anyone wants - except you!

    If you already quote Pareto, please try to understand it. He asked for a prioritization of the work, but he wanted to serve every customer (100%), every cent of the turnover is taken, every minute of the daily work is used, as a company does well.

    Of course, nobody wants the perfectionists who need a job instead of the planned two days a week, for example. But the high-flyers, who are already 1,5 days to 80 percent ready, no one wants! (Of these "studs in pinstripes" there are already enough.) And if these pragmatists then stand around and talk stupid how simple everything is, then they certainly do not build a functioning network. The opposite is the case.

    The IBM you brought into the game is certainly (for outsiders) a good example for the IT industry, but otherwise rather useless. (Given the many mistakes that Big Blue made over the past 30 years, IBM is more of a good example in the IT industry of how not to do it!)

    My request: Do yourself a favor with yourself and your readers: Write only on topics that you have at least an idea of ​​what it means. And all other topics leave you to the professionals!


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