George Athens


"Perfection is the enemy of excellence."

‘Conversational’ is how George describes his style of leading the Workplace Studio in SmithGroupJJR’s Detroit office. “In today’s world of increasingly complex projects, it can be a challenge to include all of the voices involved,” says George. As a business leader that fosters open dialog with team members and clients, he strives for new approaches to business practices by assembling, mentoring and encouraging forward thinking project teams. “Thinking about the process as a conversation helps to maintain connection to the work for everyone,” George adds. To this extent, he recalls receiving some wisdom that has stuck with him: “Perfection is the enemy of excellence. Once you have advanced an idea to an excellent outcome and meaningful progress, there can be a paralyzing chasm between that and the pursuit of perfection.” That might prove to be good advice for George himself, should he ever get around to pursuing his desire to collect and restore vintage automobiles. “Top on my list would be a 1967 Pontiac GTO,” he reveals.  

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