Have you ever accused of being a perfectionist, when, in fact, you’re merely focused on getting the right job done at the right time in the most efficient way?
The Habit of Excellence
Aristotle reportedly said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Despite your best efforts, do you sometimes find yourself in a crunch with no opportunity to do a job correctly but then having to work overtime to repair the problems? It can happen to the best of us. The key is for those crunches to be the exception, not the rule.
What habits are pervasive in your workgroup (or in your own office)? Are you or your co-workers addicted to the adrenaline rush of waiting till the last minute to complete a project, only to discover costly mistakes later?
Mistakes Can Be Expensive
Costs can escalate very quickly when materials must be replaced or processes re-tooled. And the human toll can be costliest of all from heightened stress, lower morale or even burn-out from too many scrambles to correct what could have been done well the first time.
After hearing some real horror stories from my course attendees who work for managers with the “do it fast, then do it over” mindset, I am positive that establishing processes that reward excellence is one of the best policies managers can implement. And it can be accomplished, even in the midst of a dysfunctional organization.
The savings in hard costs and improved employee morale will speak for themselves—usually quite soon.
A Passion for Excellence
If you’re a top performer, you undoubtedly pursue excellence as a way of life. Mediocrity is not an option for you. You probably find it challenging to do your best in work you find boring or debilitating. Yet, you know that excellence pays dividends, regardless of your occupation. And you stick with it because that’s your habit.