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Excellence is the ultimate standard that is essential to and found in all great achievements.

“We don’t get a chance to do many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.” – Steve Jobs

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something really well is to enjoy it.” – Pearl Buck

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” – Vince Lombardi

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley

“I often say ‘pursue excellence, ignore success. Success is a by-product of excellence.” – Deepak Chopra

” ‘In Search of Excellence‘ – even the title – is a reminder that business isn’t dry, dreary, boring or by the numbers. Life at work can be cool – and work that’s cool isn’t confined to Tiger Woods, Yo-Yo Ma, or Tom Hanks. It’s available to all of us.” – Tom Peters

Have you ever thought of excellence as a helpful asset? When implemented and fully embraced by an organization amazing benefits appear everywhere. Here are a few:

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***Excellence inspires.  ***Excellence attracts the best talent and filters out the losers.   ***Excellence eliminates competition.   ***Excellence generates energy and eliminates fatigue.   ***Excellence builds morale.   ***Excellence equals pride.   ***Excellence is an ideal goal, it’s always up.   ***Excellence assures success.   ***Excellence is a perfect compass.   ***Excellence is Fun.   ***Excellence is the most profitable.   ***Excellence creates word of mouth.   ***Excellence trumps discounts.   ***Excellence beats coupons.   ***Excellence is more effective than advertising.   ***Excellence just feels good.   ***Excellents requires and generates constant improvement!!” “Excellence creates long term value.”

The list goes on and is virtually endless. Look carefully at the organizations and individuals commited to excellence and you will see these assets and many more. CAUTION!!  The #1 enemy to achieving and maintaining  excellence is compromise. It is insidious the way compromise creeps in, brings confusion and immediately eliminates excellence and it’s asset value. Once begun where does it stop? Look for compromise: “Does it really have to be that good?” “Let it go just this once!” “It is too complicated and we need to cut costs!” “This is much easier.” “Well, the boss did it.” “Look at how much we will save!””No one will notice, it’s not that big a deal!” and on and on. By it’s very nature excellence  cannot be compromised.

“Trying to compromise excellence is like trying to let a little bit of  air out of a balloon with a hat pin!”   –  D. R. Scoggin

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