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Etiquette at work

The honey-vinegar axiom still holds true at work

My dad (Emily’s grandson) loved sayings like “The best is the enemy of the good.” As kids, we would worry about getting some project ready, and the constant reworking and refusal to declare it “done” would threaten whether it would ever be ready.

Now, I realize his advice flies in the face of the standard to always produce the best. But I can see where he was coming from. The danger of pursuing the best is that you never finish or, in your search for perfection, end up botching something that was perfectly good to start with.

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