I’ve been a perfectionist since I was a little kid. As far back as I can remember, I always believed that failure was not an option. Nobody was harder or more critical of me than I was of myself. (Good news, I am in perfectionist recovery, I invite you to join me.)

When I was in middle school, I was particularly frustrated with an experiment I was doing in my science class that just wouldn’t work. After several attempts, I could not achieve the correct results. And no matter how many times I retraced my steps, I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. My teacher was a self-described hippie who was fond of quoting Robert F. Kennedy: “Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.” He’d say it all the time, which would annoy me to no end because I wasn’t interested in platitudes about failure. I just wanted to get an A and move on to the next assignment.

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Underneath the picture of Bozoma Saint John, the 39-year-old head of global marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, was an intriguing headline. It read, “How to Find Joy at Work.”

The article was just a page in the October issue of In Style magazine. Not exactly a hard-hitting business journal. With a derisive snort, I thought, “So, someone who probably has one of the most dynamic and rewarding jobs in the world is going to tell me about how tough it is to find joy at the office?” But I found myself nodding along when I got to the second item in the list: “Balance the heavy with the hilarious.”

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The Weekly Zing are quick, fun innovation exercises that 48 Innovate participants explore back at the office.
Cutting Room Floor   

Remember your 48 Innovate pitch?  Now cut it to 30 seconds.  For you next idea, try to create a pitch for your manager in just 30 seconds.   

Remember the recipe – why + idea + expected outcome = pitch. 

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