Understanding & Managing Perfectionism

1hr seminar

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
Albert Einstein

When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target.
George Fisher 


Perfectionism can drive people to accomplishments and provide the motivation to persevere in the face of discouragement and obstacles. However it can also be extremely damaging, as anything less than perfect becomes unacceptable. While the perfectionist approach is common — and to some degree even encouraged — in certain professions and workplaces, it can be harmful to both productivity and wellbeing, particularly when we are unable to defuse from perfectionism at home. Fastidious attention to detail, over-working a task or project, and placing high or restrictive expectations can all halt the progression of tasks and lead to procrastination, when the fear of making a mistake hinders starting at all. Striking a balance is very important. There is nothing wrong with striving for excellence, but it is unhealthy to strive for perfection.


This session explores what it means to be a perfectionist and how to manage yourself or people in your team who may work in this way. It covers activities and techniques aimed at developing a much more helpful style called Optimalism.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants can expect to gain from this session an ability to:

  • Look at what it means to be a perfectionist
  • Explore the positives and negatives to perfectionism
  • Learn how to manage people who are perfectionists
  • Identify ways to defuse or move away from perfectionism
  • Reframe a perfectionist outlook using the more helpful style of Optimalism


  • The seminar will be delivered in engaging presentation style format with group discussions and opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session
  • All participants receive a take home tip sheet outlining perfectionism and how to understand and manage this style in the workplace
  • The session will be delivered by En Masse mental health facilitators experienced in delivering to a wide variety of professionals
  • The content will be evidence-based and founded on principles of Positive Psychology.

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Want to deliver this training to your people?

This training can be customised and delivered to meet the needs of your organisation, its values and wellbeing initiatives. For more information, contact Victoria via email or phone 03 9827 1388.