Nothing can grow in a state of perfection. Perfection simply does not allow it. It is already perfect, complete.
Now, the problem with perfection is in fact, its’ completeness. Once perfected, it remains the same, never growing, never changing. This pushes against the nature of life itself, whose drive seems to be to forever grow or cease to be. And like life, organizations and the people within them ideally move continually towards growth.
Working with clients as a career coach, I see first hand how the desire for perfection constrains achievement, fulfillment, decisions and action. If one can’t do it perfectly, there is a tendency to stop or never begin.
Leadership that demands perfection, too, constrains the growth of an organization. Risk-taking stops, everyone is afraid of making a mistake and the impending consequences.
Stop striving for perfection, and stop looking for it. For if you find it, you have found completion. And completion can be a dead end.
If you or your organization has “room for growth”, celebrate it, for it has the space within its’ corporate walls where things can happen.