Career Perfectionism

Being professionals in the working industry, it is almost a “need”, to want things to turn out successful and perfect every time. But perfect is a very strong word because our perception of success may vary from person to person. Sometimes we find ourselves questioning other’s ideals because to us, there are flaws and loopholes to their ideas when it does not resonate with our own. So, does this then mean we fall under the category of a perfectionist?

Wanting to perfect the things we do for ourselves, is a good way to gauge where we stand in our career as well as setting future milestones and benchmarks. But where do we cross the line of being a confident high achiever versus a perfectionist who put too much pressure on success? To the point where not only does it affect our self-esteem when things don’t go the way it was supposed to, it puts unnecessary pressure on our co-workers as well.

Today, I would like to share 3 articles with everyone on how to determine if perfectionism is affecting you in the workplace as well as defining if there are traits of a perfectionist that likes in you.

Perfectionist Traits: Do These Sound Familiar

In this article, we find out some of the traits of a perfectionist that some of us might have in ourselves. These might just be the barriers that hinder us from seeing a clearer career path and having better communication with those who work with us. To know the enemy is half the victory.

Perfectionism is Killing us

Setting high standards for ourselves is a good way for us to put in more effort and strive harder for the success we want. But how high is too high? And if we did not reach the goals we set for ourselves, should we see that as a failure then? This article sheds light on the expectations we might have when it comes to our success, the people around us as well as the social norms we live in.

Unicorns Die Young: Why Businesses should reject Perfectionism in 2020

You might wonder, why “Unicorn”? Well, this article is a very interesting one where it touches on huge business start-ups and the attitudes of perfectionism that comes with them. As quoted in the article:

“The unicorn, through its intemperance and not knowing how to control itself, for the love it bears to fair maidens forgets its ferocity and wildness; and laying aside all fear it will go up to a seated damsel and go to sleep in her lap, and thus the hunters take it” – Leonardo Da Vinci


Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worst | Thomas Curran

This week, I have the “perfect” bonus video for everyone. This video spoke to me and made me realize that perfectionism revolves around us more commonly than we realize! It is a problem that affects the workforce and more importantly, our society as a whole. How do we pinpoint the on-going perception of perfection and find the right balance? Thomas Curran dives right into the real world situations of perfectionism and tackles the issue one by one. Grab a cup of warm coffee and enjoy!

About Timeo-Performance

We were founded with a vision to improve the world of work for everyone.

We are in the Skills Business!

Through recruitment, training and consulting, Timeo-Performance provides solutions for increased performance of companies, teams, and individuals. As our clients are in the center of global business and often serve the APAC region, our solutions need to be sustainable in a multicultural and remote context.

Our joint venture with Akteos, the European leader in intercultural training, and partnership with digital learning solutions provider CrossKnowledge have therefore been organic and logical additions to our service. Timeo-Performance has been helping companies in APAC increase business performance since 2008 with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.


Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance

Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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