Principle Three – Michelangelo’s Trifles
“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”
Michelangelo was working on the PIETA for several days and he was
taking a long time to retouch every small detail which seemed rather insignificant to a bystander. When asked why he was focusing on what was mearly trifles, Michelangelo replied, “Trifles make perfection and
perfection is no trifle.”
On key projects related directly to your core values and mission in life, “good is the enemy of the great.” These projects become your team’s 100 Day Rocks (highly efficient leaders try to achieve on great thing every 100 days). Small changes to reduce falls, infections, and other key metrics add up greatly over time and are worth the extra attention to detail. When a project or issue is highly important, break down the small issues (trifles) that are preventing perfection and assign them to highly skilled, detail orientated people that you trust. These changes will produce small refinements that are worth the extra expenditure of time and energy. It is key for you, as a leader, to define a realistic outcome that you will treat as “perfect” for the defined project.
What are you going to perfect in your division this year?