Perfect is the enemy of done

Hey, it’s Andrew, and this is Safety on Tap. 

Since you’re listening in, you must be a leader wanting to grow yourself and drastically improve health and safety along the way.  Welcome to you, you’re in the right place.  If this is your first time listening in, thanks for joining us and well done for trying something different to improve! And of course welcome back to all of you wonderful regular listeners.

Three times this week, I have come across this challenge in health and safety leaders. pisode is made possible by our mission of enabling better learning that improves performance in your organisation.

Competent, intelligent, motivated health and safety leaders who want to make change. 

Who hold back, are held back, from taking the next step, making the next intention a reality, for the same reason. 

The words are different, but the cause is the same. 

 It’s not ready. 

 I need more information. 

I need to convince more people first. 


Perfect is the enemy of done. 

Because it will never be perfect. 

It can’t even come close to perfect because you are always missing one vital thing while you wait, while you focus on what you think you are missing, which delays your action. 

What you are missing is feedback.  You need reality to give you signals, you need people to tell you what they think, you need results (or an absence of results) to show you whether what you hoped would happen, did or didn’t happen in reality.  

I’m not suggesting you change the world immediately, rashly or irresponsibly. 

I’m suggesting that whatever you are waiting on before your next step, your next action, that thing is unlikely to make things much better than if you just do it, do it now. 

Perfect is the enemy of done. Get it done. 


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