I contemplated the term “excellence” this past weekend and what it means to me.
Initially I thought of many athletes winning championship games as examples. Yet, take a look around and you’ll find examples of excellence everywhere, in the boardroom, school, supermarket, and many more places. Additional questions remain – Does the meaning of excellence differ for men and women? By Industry? By age?
What is Excellence?
According to Wikipedia, Excellence is a talent or quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards.
Who judges excellence? How do we achieve excellence? When do we achieve excellence? Where can excellence be achieved?
Why is excellence so important to our society?
The legends we remember reached the pinnacle of their platforms. Whether for just one moment or the lifespan of their career.
A professor in Library school promoted the book In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters. The professor wanted to drive home the point that professionals should always be striving for excellence. The qualities, skills and talents we hone over many years can always be tweaked, improved and stretched. I feel it’s an admirable quality for a person to recognize their moment when they have achieved all they can.
Check out the excellent resources we have in the GPL collection:
Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the science of success
Excellence every day: make your the daily choice–inspire your employees and amaze your customers
The experience: the 5 principles of Disney service and relationship excellence
The Golden rules: 10 steps to world-class excellence in your life and work
In search of excellence: lessons from America’s best-run companies
Interactive excellence: defining and developing new standards for the twenty-first century
Management wisdom from the New York Yankees’ dynasty: what every manager can learn from a legendary team’s 80 year winning streak
The Wal-Mart way: the inside story of the success of the world’s largest company
The winners manual: for the game of life
The winning spirit: 16 timeless principle that drive performance excellence
I conclude my reflection on excellence and what it means to me with the words of the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi: