Posts Tagged ‘excellence’

Best v Biggest

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

I listened to an interesting radio program yesterday and was struck by something Deborah Meaden said.   She was talking about the difficulty and importance of keeping a business the optimum size as opposed to simply following a path of growth.  We have been conditioned to believe biggest is synonymous with best, and if you are thinking long term it simply isn’t true,  particularly for the smaller business.  It is far better to find your niche, one you can excel in and then seek to be the best player in that segment rather than striving for the  illusory control size appears to offer.

What are you really excellent in?  What is the optimal size to deliver that excellence to your sector?  What do you need to do to stay truly excellent rather than becoming stale or complacent?  These are questions that are worth considering…

Last Chance Harvey

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I had a lovely time today; I went to see “Last Chance Harvey”, a film I’ve been looking forward to ever since I first heard anything about it.  It is a gentle romcom starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.  It was every bit as lovely as I thought it would be; a perfect little movie.  One of the things that I enjoyed was watching two such superb actors making the whole thing appear utterly effortless.  It left me wishing that I achieve just a tiny bit of the excellence that they have in any field of endeavour.

When we give ourselves to the things that we love and get out of our own way, it can be amazing how good we can be.  I wondered if you had any examples of this you would care to share? 

 

 

 

“Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.”  Perry Paxton

“Excellence can be obtained if you:
…care more than others think is wise;
…risk more than others think is safe;
…dream more than others think is practical;
…expect more than others think is possible.”

 

Golden Oldies

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

I was driving along the M25 this evening and noticed one of these old Bentley Speed 6’s: as I pulled off about 30 minutes later onto the A3, there it was.  We were next to it and you could hear this huge, powerful throaty growl.  I guess it must have been almost 80 years old and still sounded amazing!  I then realised that I was listening to Chuck Berry ‘Johnnie B Good’ and that is 50 years old and still had its power.

When you build something right, when you give it your heart and soul, it stands the test of time.  I wonder how many of the things we are making today will be around in 50 years and still be ‘doing the business’? 

I think that something special happens when we offer the best of ourselves, whether that be at work or just show up and let ‘our light shine’.  How do you set this kind of example?  How do you create an environment where excellence flourishes?

“Excellence can be obtained if you:
…care more than others think is wise;
…risk more than others think is safe;
…dream more than others think is practical;
…expect more than others think is possible.”

A day at the museum

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

 

We had a fabulous visit to the V&A Museum today to see the jewellery exhibition.  It showed work from Greek, through till the present day.  It was just incredible to see the workmanship, and because it was made in gold and precious stones, much of it looked undiminished by the passage of time.  I found it profoundly moving to see these expressions of human endeavour and artistry.  I loved the art nouveau collection and especially some of the enamelled Lalique work..

It made me wonder how often we offer the World the very best of ourselves?  I know that we are not all master-craftsmen, but when we really engage with our work and give of our best, without compromise something special happens.  It is good for the soul to rise to a challenge and excel.  When was the last time you felt you were totally fulfilled creatively?

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”  John Ruskin

“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose”  Michel de Montaigne