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Perfection's Dark Shadow

Sep 20, 2019

Twenty years ago when I still worked in the public service, I managed a small team of people who wrote guides to help people follow strategic procurement policies. Things started off well enough. The analysts would bring their products to me, excited to be contributing to our mission. I would take them, read them, then return them completely covered with red edits.

They would take them back and get to work, determined to please me, returning them quickly with all edits completed. I would...

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