Joe is always striving for perfection in every aspect of his life; at home, at the office, on vacation, and worst of all when he becomes a critic of the human condition.  I always tease him that his mother never should have told him that he was perfect although I am exaggerating a little, because even his mother didn’t really believe he was perfect.  I think that no matter what you are told, your personality is what it is and Joe’s type-A personality makes him constantly strive for perfection.

As Joe mentioned, his drive for perfection is difficult for him and those around him.   It can be frustrating for someone who wants perfection but knows that it never really can be attained.  When Joe sets his mind to accomplish something, he becomes single-minded in that task whether it is very small or really big.   Although he has gotten better about accepting the shortcomings in himself and others, it hasn’t always been an easy road for him and those around him.

When Joe became an attorney, he spent most of his career not having to answer to anyone but himself, therefore, his work product was his own and he always worked hard to be sure he was satisfied with its outcome.  There were times he would tell me that he would need to spend most of the weekend in the office to write a brief, answer or complaint so weekend plans might be put on hold in anticipation of his long hours in the office.  However, he would return home in just a few hours because, in reality, it was practically written in his head before he even arrived at his office so putting it on paper was just a formality.

At USFSB, Joe delegates much of the work to our staff, but we have all accused him of being a micromanager as he spends some of his time looking over our shoulders in his quest for perfection.  This can tend to be counterproductive when an employee feels like they are under a microscope and nervous that he is watching.

We like to say that Joe is on a ‘need-to-know’ basis in the office.  Every day we all do our jobs, resolve conflicts, deal with health insurance carriers and vendor partners and only involve Joe when necessary.  That way, he can tend to his responsibilities and not worry about the day to day problems that inevitably appear to be imperfect.

I always try to tell him that sometimes ignorance is bliss, but he just can’t seem to subscribe to it!