In Search of Perfection: Ready, Fire, Aim

You might disagree with Sam Walton's mass merchandising approach to retailing, but you'd have to admit that he was extraordinarily successful in building Wal-Mart into a retail colossus. Walton is credited with the business philosophy expressed in the phrase "Ready, Fire, Aim." Walton was a pragmatist, not a perfectionist. He understood that any idea, project, or product has time limitations. His philosophy was to get the project to market or to completion as quickly and as reasonably well done as possible, given the time constraints of the marketplace. Once it was up and running, a project could be adjusted and improved and the kinks ironed out. In other words, working on perfection takes patience, time, and an understanding of those who are less than perfect. The recent post-election events and the circus-like activities connected with the vote-counting drill bring to mind a simila

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