It seems that in all sectors, quality and quantity are treated as separate entities. If anything, they are perceived to have an inverse relationship – if you produce more your work will be sub-par, but if you obsess over it you won’t get much accomplished. Our team members at Tier 1 Event Management, Inc. believe this doesn’t have to be the case. Iconic author Stephen King seems to have a similar opinion.
According to King, “No one in his or her right mind would argue that quantity guarantees quality, but to suggest that quantity never produces quality strikes me as snobbish, inane and demonstrably untrue.” Furthermore, quality is often subjective, which complicates matters further. As we at Tier 1 Event Management, Inc. have learned, the goal should be to identify patterns, strengths, and areas of needed improvement. It’s far from the black and white quality vs. quantity debate, but such close assessment sheds light on how best to balance the concepts.
King’s analysis depends largely on feedback from his readers. He indicates, “In writing, the only way to deal with weaknesses is to isolate them. One can do this by reading critical reviews that all focus on the same negatives; if most critics are saying something is wrong, it probably is.” In other words, for every individual, professional team, business, etc., there is a unique connection between quality and quantity. The only way to learn more about that connection is to collect information and optimize your efforts.