[MMM] Why Being a Perfect Leader is All Wrong

Happy Monday morning,


For many years the Lexus brand message was “The relentless pursuit of perfection”. It’s a very strong statement that tells you about their commitment to building a “perfect” product. 


It sounds like a catchy tagline.


The reality is, it’s unachievable. 


Cars will break down, designs will fail, you will not always have the right colours, technology and features that meet the current market demands.
  The relentless pursuit of perfection has lead to a company that is taking less risks, produces bland products and currently have technology that is way behind the curve. Their competitors Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Tesla are all “speeding” past them.


As a leader, what message are you sending to your team about the mission of your organization? In Lexus’s case, asking their organization to relentlessly pursue a car company were there can be no errors creates a tremendous amount of fear of failure and procrastination, and this has resulted in lower overall market share.


Everyone will be frustrated. Especially the leader.


In a meta study of perfectionism in the US, UK and Canada 1989 – 2016 found a significant increase in perfectionism among college students.


“As many as two in five kids and adolescents are perfectionists. We’re starting to talk about how it’s heading toward an epidemic and public health issue,” said Katie Rasmussen, who researches child development and perfectionism at West Virginia University.


What if our goal was to relentlessly pursue “Work. Made Better.”?


The goal of “better” is just that. What little things can you do today to make your systems better, your team better and your organization better?  


We all know better. We have a sense of accomplishment and see the results.


We go home feeling good and we start a new day with a realistic sense that what we do can be improved and matters. 


The key to creating a top performing organization is to cultivating a culture of “better”.


This is a goal, worth relentlessly pursuing.


Along the road with you!




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