Tanja Lindner: “Action, not perfection”

We interviewed our conference speaker Tanja Lindner about Growth and project management. Tanja will speak in the Conference with a title ‘What Is More Powerful Than Knowledge – 3 Lessons From a Startup’. See more about Tanja and her presentation here.


PMI Conference 2018: What is your motivation to be a speaker at the PMI Finland event?

Being part of a startup from its early stages on offers a unique learning experience on growth. I’m excited to share my personal learnings on how an entrepreneurial mindset has changed the way I approach project work and life in general.

What key message would you like to address to the attendees of the PMI Finland Annual Conference?

Action, not perfection. As soon as you venture into unknown territory, be it a new project, business idea or simply a step further in your personal development, there is one thing that will show up for sure: uncertainty. Unfortunately for us, our brains are wired to avoid uncertainty. Sooner or later, most likely after the initial euphoria of something new has passed, fear wants to prevent us from taking risks. In working life, the most common and more socially accepted form of fear is perfection. Perfection is a silent killer. It stops us from actually getting things done and making progress, because we’re afraid we’re not skilled enough, experienced enough or simply not good enough. But if there’s no action, there’s no progress. If there’s no progress, there are no results. Aim for action, not perfection.

As we move from recessionary period to Growth period, what are the different expectations / challenges for leaders and project managers moving forward?

Be agile, while being consistent. If your company is finding itself in a critical growth phase, it’s more important as ever for leaders to provide direction and consistency. If you confuse people, you lose people, be it customers and/or colleagues. It’s no good for the team, nor the business to keep changing goals as you go. Yes, organisations need to be agile in how they operate, but they need to be consistent in setting goals and expectations.