In many production and services businesses, there’s the old saying, “Cheap. Fast. Good. Pick two.”
And in yuppie circles, there’s a similar saying: “Friends. Career. Kids. Pick two.”
You can’t have it all, in other words. At least, not at the same time.
And that’s what every executive understands. There’s never enough time or money or people or content or provisions or…
And if there is, that means she’s probably doing something wrong, probably sitting on an overfunded time bomb, probably getting fat for all the wrong reasons.
In our hyper-optimized world, we should accept that all will not be perfect. It’s just unrealistic, it’s not attainable.
More than that, we need to understand why this is so and optimize the things that will have the most impact.
Perfection isn’t attainable, but ‘perfect enough’ is.