Letters from a perfect imperfectionist: FOMO and FOMM

FOMO = frightened of missing out.

A great habit for people in an organisation that wants to innovate.

Allow people to experiment.

Encourage risk.

Celebrate failure as a pathway to success.

Leadership is “follow me.”

FOMM = frightened of making a mistake.

A disastrous habit for people in an organisation that has grown too big to innovate (or the new owners don’t want to).

Experimentation discouraged.

Risk avoided.

Failure castigated.

Leadership is “I’d rather you didn’t but, if you must, you crack on and if it works I will claim the credit but if it fails I’ll throw you under the bus.”

Recognise anyone?

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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.