Good enough is often plenty good enough

Can you live with it? There’s a huge difference between a bad idea, a great idea, and an idea that you can live with. Sometimes when you’re part of planning a team presentation, your colleagues get a major fact just plain wrong, in a way that you know for certain could jeopardize the pitch. That’s something you can’t live with, so you owe it to the team to bring it up. Other times, there’s a difference of opinion but generally acceptable alternatives; in this case, you’d be sidetracking the team if you continue to debate it. If you’re the pitch team leader, asking objectors, “I know it’s not ideal, but can you live with it?” is a powerful tool for keeping the team on track and maintaining consensus. Perfectionism can eat up a lot of time, and typically time is the scarcest resource a pitch team has.

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