Monday, November 14, 2016

How Perfectionism Holds Women Back at Work - FORTUNE

by Lori Bailey 
Originally published: Novembe 13, 2016

It’s one of the biggest hurdles women face.

The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: “What advice would you give to women who hope to make to the C-suite?” is written by Lori Bailey, global head of special lines at Zurich Insurance.

Photography has long been one of my favorite pastimes outside of work. Whether it’s photographing family members, sporting events, or nature, I have always found great enjoyment in trying to capture that “perfect” picture. For me, it’s a unique view of the world that only I can provide. It’s exciting, challenging, and most of all—fun. When I first started with this hobby many years ago, it was with an analog camera that only took film, so I only had a finite number of opportunities to capture that perfect image. Not wanting to waste film, I would constantly hesitate, double-check, and hold back from hitting the shutter for fear of not getting it right—or even worse—making a mistake.