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Attention all perfectionists, control freaks, and micromanagers…

micromanager1You’re reading this post, so I can assume you are a leader in your credit union or organization.  You probably log long hours at the office and, when you aren’t at the office, you’re thinking about what new things you want to do or perhaps how you can make the things you are doing even better.  Innovating and constant improvement are some of the qualities that make up great leaders.

But here’s the dirty little secret – you can’t do this all yourself.  As much as you want to, and no matter how many hours you work or systems you put into place, you’re never going to get to the spot where you feel like everything is under control and you are doing everything perfectly.  You’re never going to feel like that in a growing organization in a changing industry and changing world.  And guess what – that is OK!

When we get near the end of our ropes, in order to stay in control, we pick up nasty habits like micromanaging and trying to control every.little.thing around us.  But that only makes you miserable and pushes people around you away.

There’s freedom in knowing yourself so well as a professional that you know where your strengths are and where your weaknesses begin.

Weaknesses actually make you stronger because there are others whose strengths are your weaknesses and vice versa.

We tend to shame ourselves by saying things like “I should know how to do that” and “if I was doing my job to the best of my ability, I wouldn’t have to ask for help.”  If you don’t feel the need to ask others for help and/or you feel like you are 100% in control, you’ve gotten too comfortable and you aren’t pushing yourself and your organization to grow.

Don’t deny yourself the freedom of finding others to help you and, more importantly, the opportunity to let them shine.

“Perfectionism is self-abuse in the highest order.”  -Anne Wilson Schaef