“Even though I am not usually a perfectionist, I’ve developed a lot of perfectionist tendencies over the past few years, driven by uncertainty and anxiety. Beyond Perfect helped me identify when perfectionism was driving me to invest far too much time in projects in an effort to control everything (and everyone). “Overdoing it” was not leading to good outcomes — instead, I was stifling creativity and fueling burnout for myself and my team. Since completing Beyond Perfect, I’m better able to prioritize my energy and clearly define “good enough” for myself and my colleagues.” -Liz
Do you feel stuck in patterns of perfectionism? Or do you sometimes experience feelings of fear, a need for control, or just simple burnout in your work life or personal life? Or maybe you’re looking for better ways to support those on your team or in your life who feel this way?
Beyond Perfect is designed to help high-achieving women better understand their perfectionism, discover ways to break the perfectionist cycle, and build a supportive community of like-minded women along the way. And Springboard wants to make this program available to YOU this summer! For ten weeks starting in late June, 8-12 women will spend an hour a week exploring patterns of perfectionism (even if they don’t strongly identify themselves as perfectionists), and identifying and practicing approaches to go beyond the perfectionist cycle at work and outside of work. Upon completion, you’ll have ongoing access to resources, inspiration and support as part of our alumni community.
Along the way, you can expect to make meaningful progress in understanding perfectionist patterns within yourself and others, feel supported in your efforts to try different approaches, and experience the joy and satisfaction that comes with going beyond the perfectionist cycle.
“How likely are you to recommend Beyond Perfect to a friend?”
9.7 / 10
“Ashley’s framework is accessible, resonant, logical, and effective. Beyond Perfect is a great blend of content, discussions, reflection, and practice. Ashley is a skilled and thoughtful facilitator. I left each session feeling grounded, inspired, and with several new tools in my work communication and stress management toolbox. Having a community along the journey helped create accountability and connection. While I saw the results most immediately at work, Beyond Perfect also helped me reduce anxiety at home as I navigated big life stressors, including buying a house, or moving, and parenting young kids. I honestly have slept better at night because of Beyond Perfect!”
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When and where does the group meet?
We meet via Zoom for an hour each week. The 10-week Springboard cohort will launch on Wednesday, June 29 and wrap up on Wednesday, August 31. We are targeting an 8am-9am PT meeting time; however, if that turns out to not work for many participants (please indicate if that is the case in the application), we will identify an alternative date and time.
How do I know if I’m the right fit for Beyond Perfect?
While many participants in Beyond Perfect identify strongly as perfectionists, others see perfectionistic patterns or tendencies in only one or a few areas of their lives. Read a bit more here about the type of people that tend to benefit most from the Beyond Perfect experience.
What is the value of the group format?
Past participants in Beyond Perfect have shared that the community aspect of the program is one of its most powerful elements of the experience. Hearing other women share their experiences helps you understand you're not alone, provides insight into a range of perspectives and approaches, and also helps hold up a mirror to some of the areas where you may not fully see your perfectionism at work.
Is this similar to therapy or a substitute for it?
No. The Beyond Perfect experience is for learning and community-building purposes, and does not constitute therapy, a therapeutic relationship, medical care or medical advice. Ashley is not trained or licensed in any way to provide therapy. Read more about Ashley’s background here.
What is the cost?
The cost is $1,000 per participant and is auto-approved for OTJT reimbursement. Springboard will cover this directly, so there is no admin for participants.
What is the time commitment?
Weekly sessions will be 1-hour each and will be a mix of training, discussion and debriefing experiences from the past week. Those who benefit most will commit to spending at least 20 minutes each week on the "homework" assigned between sessions.
What does the application process involve?
Springboard team members will be accepted to the program on a first-come, first-served basis. We are targeting a cohort of 8-12 participants. You can apply today here. The Beyond Perfect team will be the only individuals to see your application and will review your responses to ensure you will benefit from the experience – and invite you to join if so!
I see that the program is for women. Can you share more about this?
Yes, Beyond Perfect currently focuses on women given the high prevalence of perfectionism in high-achieving women, but we may expand that focus in the future. We define “women” as people who were born as women, socialized as women, or identify as women.
Will the program focus solely on perfectionism at work?
While much of the conversation will focus on perfectionism at work as a way to support your professional learning and growth, the program’s contents enable you to evaluate and address perfectionism in a range of other areas, including but not limited to parenting, romantic relationships, friendships, finances, and creative endeavors. Participants in Beyond Perfect often come to the group wanting to work on perfectionism in specific aspects of their lives and report making progress in those areas. Often, participants identify that perfectionism is at work in other aspects of their lives that they had little awareness of when they started the program. Read testimonials and program results here!
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