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Why practice doesn’t always make perfect

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
22 February 2017 1 minute readShare
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Most of us were taught as kids that ‘practice makes perfect’. However, there is a downside to this commonly held belief.

“This whole idea of practice makes perfect: no, it doesn't. Practice makes permanent,” explains management trainer Guy Williams of The Training Guys.

“You practice the wrong stuff, you get really, really, good at it. You've got some managers that have been practicing the wrong stuff for years and years, and they've perfected the art of doing the wrong stuff!”

For anyone running a business and/or managing a team, this can easily be amplified as you potentially have all of your employees becoming well versed in operating in a counter-productive way.Circular arrows

As such, Guy urges everyone in business to scrap the annual performance review, at least, as the sole form of evaluating employee performance.

“The annual performance review is marginally better than nothing. I mean, if you're managing me… and I'm not quite doing the right thing, and it can wait 12 months before you tell me, it can't be that bloody serious to be honest,” he points out.

“If I did something fabulous on the first of January, and I don't hear about it until we sit down on the 31st of December, I've probably forgotten about it [or become ingrained in my methods].”

Check out more valuable insights on management and leadership from Guy on My Business Podcast now!

Why practice doesn’t always make perfect
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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