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Zoë Routh Leadership Podcast

Oct 14, 2019

Do you struggle with perfectionism? Procrastination? These are some of the blockers to doing good work. Our very desire to do good work stops us from doing so! Lynne Cazaly is an author, international speaker, and master facilitator. She has published six books, including her latest Ish - The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough.

We talk about:

  • How leaders get in the way of good results by trying to censor the inputs and control the outcomes
  • High performing teams work intensely within constraints, and celebrate small wins
  • Defining the standard you are working towards, and why that is important is the critical first move away from perfectionism paralysis
  • The next move of identifying the high value tasks, the 20% of tasks that give you 80% of results, is your next best move
  • How using a pressure on / pressure off method works for both introverts and extroverts in an iterative agile-ish process
  • Improvisation techniques help us release the hold of perfectionism and embrace ish, knowing it will be ok
  • The game-changing paradigm of the Pratfall effect (stuffing up and appearing more likable as a result)
  • The spotlight effect - people are not noticing your faults as much as you think they are
  • Wabi sabi - how the Japanese philosophy of embracing the beauty of imperfection can apply at work
  • How we can get distracted by things that don’t really matter, like grooming eyebrows for 18 hours per week!
  • Check yourself - if you feel overwhelmed, chances are you have a ‘P’ problem - perfectionism and its twin, procrastination



Pratfall Effect 

Spotlight effect 

Wabi Sabi


About Lynne Cazaly:

Lynne Cazaly helps individuals, teams and organisations transition to new ways of working. 

Lynne is an international keynote speaker, author and a master facilitator. She is the author of 6 books: 

  • ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough
  • Agile-ish: How to Create a Culture of Agility
  • Leader as Facilitator: How to Engage, Inspire and Get Work Done
  • Making Sense: A Handbook for the Future of Work 
  • Create Change: How to Apply Innovation in an Era of Uncertainty
  • Visual Mojo: How to Capture Thinking, Convey Information and Collaborate Using Visuals.       

She works with executives, senior leaders and project teams on their major change and transformation projects. This includes working with agile practices, business agility improvements and digital transformations. 

Her background is that of a communication specialist, having lectured in under-graduate and post-graduate programs in several of Australia's Universities and consulting to different industries, sectors and fields on engagement, communication and change. 

Lynne will help you think better, make sense of information and handle the realities of information overload with a range of ingenious processes, tools and methods. She is an experienced board director and chair and an #avgeek, loving everything aviation, airports and air traffic control. 


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About your host, Zoë Routh:

Zoë Routh is one of Australia’s leading experts on people stuff - the stuff that gets in our way of producing results, and the stuff that lights us up. She works with the growers, makers, builders to make people stuff fun and practical.

Zoë is the author of four books: Composure - How centered leaders make the biggest impact,  Moments - Leadership when it matters most, Loyalty - Stop unwanted stuff turnover, boost engagement, and build lifelong advocates, and People Stuff - Beyond Personalities: An advanced handbook for leadership. People Stuff was awarded Book of the Year 2020 by the Smart WFM Australian Business Book Awards.

Zoë is also the producer of The Zoë Routh Leadership Podcast.