Magazine article Talent Development

Keep It Moving

Magazine article Talent Development

Keep It Moving

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I can relate to the 80 percent solution that author Rick Rittmaster describes in this month's cover story. "Simply put," he writes, "the 80 percent solution is an understanding that you and your team aren't seeking perfection." For many, that's probably easier said than done--especially for editors, whose express job is to ensure articles are flawless. Yes, of course we seek to publish a perfect magazine every month, but the process to get there definitely involves steps for which, as Rittmaster says, "good enough is good enough." Let me explain.

The article submission process for our magazines involves some back and forth: An author sends us an article proposal; we consider it and provide feedback; the author submits the article draft; we review it; if the article meets our standards, we accept it and schedule it for publication. That's pretty straightforward. Sometimes, though, articles require more back and forth between the editors and the author to ensure the article clearly articulates its message. …

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