“Excellence is never an accident;
it is always the result of high intention,
sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution;
it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”
- William A. Foster
This quote comes alive for me every time I work with, coach, and have conversations with leaders. The most successful initiatives have these key ingredients in them. Likewise many disastrous decisions are missing one or more of these components.
Often people do what they have always done or even what is easy to do. Instead the focus should always be on "Doing the Next Right Thing" using the quote above as a guide.
What if everyone subscribed to this definition of excellence? What if everyone in your organization did this? How would this change your practices or the practices of your organization? Remember that it all begins with you and your intent...