Striving for excellence
We all talk about striving for excellence but what does ‘excellence’ really mean? I find it nebulous and unquantifiable. Also, if we don’t achieve this ‘Holy Grail’ then surely it leaves us with a sense of failure?
I constantly tell my clients that I’m much more comfortable with the notion of ‘continuous improvement’. It has an energy and momentum to it and it requires buy-in from everyone. It can be measured, it’s realistic and it is a catalyst for positive change.
Survival instinct is a killer for creating opportunity
A survival instinct might sound courageous and bold. In reality, if you only strive for survival you are effectively treading water and, in a highly competitive business landscape, that is synonymous with going backwards.
Beware the dangers of a survival instinct:
- You lose vital competitive edge
- Team members give up because they see no way forward
- If those team members happen to be your biggest influencers you’re in big trouble
- It leads to a disease called complacency, which starts to become a habitat for comfort zone dwellers
- This leaves you wide open and there is potential for competitors to sprint past you