‘We’ll Fix It in Post’: Why Getting It Done Is Often Better Than Getting It Perfect

There’s an expression heard in the movie industry that can be good advice for academic leaders: “We’ll fix it in post.” The idea is that each take doesn’t have to be perfect. There will be many opportunities in postproduction to accommodate a flubbed line, a forgotten gesture, or an imperfect expression. Being excellent doesn’t require you to be perfect, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you can never do anything until you’re sure you can do absolutely everything. There are times when you just have to go ahead and rely on your ability to make midcourse corrections as necessary.

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