Where I work we usually have an annual retreat for staff. We go out of town to unwind and reflect. On one staff retreat we were reflecting on our organizational values. Excellence is one of our core values and it seems to be a very popular one with many companies although seldom lived out.
We defined excellence as pouring everything into a task and achieving the highest possible result. As I sat there doodling on my notebook. I wondered whether I do things excellently. Generally I will stop at the highest acceptable standards and not seek the highest result I could achieve.
The measure for excellence is not whether a task is done well rather, whether you have given it your all. Do you do your best? It’s possible to give a million shillings and still be a miser. It’s possible to do something excellently in the eyes of others but not give it your best. To perform at high levels of excellence you need to have a very strong motivation to do so, usually more than money. Why strive to be excellent?
Excellence brings out the best in us-Doing things excellently will help you unleash your potential. It will help you appreciate the abilities you posses and bring out the best in your. Unless you push yourself how will you know how far you can go?
Being excellent is our gift to others Think of the contribution Steve Jobs made in the technology world because of his obsession with excellence. We all want to receive the best service and excellent products. So why should we offer mediocre service and products to other people?
To get a sense of fulfillment and pride in ones work It brings great fulfillment and pride to look back at a job well done. It’s very fulfilling to enjoy your work knowing that you gave it your all.
To build a culture of doing things excellently,we must value what we do.No matter how minuscule, repetitive and tedious our work may seem we must value it. We must see it as a valuable service to humanity. You need to see the bigger picture of how your job contributes to your personal goals and those of your organization. For you to be excellent in your work you must see it as important, meaningful and valuable.
We must develop an internal motivation to do things.I believe there is a direct correlation between excellence and high self motivation. The highest level of motivation is internal. Money and other external motivators will only motivate you in the short term. For you to be fully devoted, fully committed and excellent in all you do, you have to be internally motivated.
We must be Passionate and love what we do.If you don’t enjoy what you do , how then will you go the extra mile to become excellent in your work. You can’t be passionate about everything but when your passion and work align then excellence will come
We must make excellence a habit. Finally doing things excellently must become a habit and a lifestyle. It’s not enough for you to do one thing well. You must become proactive and seek to me excellent in all things even in the small things like shining your shoes.