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Having a perfectionist on your team can be a challenge to manage. (COMSTOCK/COMSTOCK)
Having a perfectionist on your team can be a challenge to manage. (COMSTOCK/COMSTOCK)

MANAGEMENT TIP

Two ways to help a perfectionist succeed Add to ...

Having a perfectionist on your team can be an asset, but it’s also a challenge to manage someone who needs everything to be perfect, says Harvard Business Review.

Managing perfectionists is tricky. They may be sensitive to criticism, but they need feedback to grow like everyone else. Here are two things you can do to help the stickler on your team:

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Be clear about expectations

Perfectionists may set unrealistic expectations for themselves. Let them know ahead of time what is most important. Be explicit so they don’t waste time on aspects of the project that don’t matter.

Encourage regular check-ins

Perfectionists notoriously only share end products, fearing that a work-in-progress might be seen as the best they can do. Work on iterations of a project together to create a sense of collaboration and reduce the likelihood that the perfectionist will get bogged down in unnecessary details.

Today’s management tip was adapted from “How to Give Feedback to a Perfectionist” by Jeff Szymanski.

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