The Persian Flaw
According to legend, ancient rug makers wove intentional flaws into their carpets to remind people of their human nature, reinforcing the notion that perfection belongs to a higher power. If only we could remember that basic truth when our teammates upset us. How many times have we lost our tempers when coworkers made errors—perhaps similar to ones we have made in the past? Mistakes do happen, so it seems only natural to be understanding.
Furthermore, everyone should maintain boundaries to keep themselves and their companies safe. Having boundaries also keeps individuals from overreacting when encountering conflict in the workplace. It’s not that mistakes should be ignored. If someone does something that could result in a financial or client loss (or even a stain on the carpet), let him or her know it.
Your approach affects the outcome—be straightforward and kind. Communicating with rancor or sarcasm can leave an emotional wound; the only thing the person may learn is to avoid you. Fortunately, those who are forgiving by nature will find a way to understand the minor flaws of teammates. The rest of us may need to learn the technique through trial and error or, better yet, through the example of those who have overlooked our own mistakes.
Additionally, admit when you’re wrong. Doing so can increase your clientele and help to maintain repeat business. Working with a perfectionist can be unnerving because people fear being chastised by a teammate or a superior.
Perfection is only possible in the movies. Living and conducting business in the real world is never going to be a fantasy. We need to understand that reality is the only vehicle we have to make our dreams come true. So, trust that even if work isn’t a magic carpet ride, in the end, it’s still a beautiful work of art.