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Excellence vs. Perfection

August 19, 2009

As long as I have worked, I ahve seen plenty of people (bosses) who say that their goal for the organization is excellence. This sounds good until it is put into practice using the commonly available maps to excellence.

There is usually a great beginning push toward excellence, but soon the map calls for a shift in direction and the organization begins heading toward the goal of perfection. Like El Dorado, perfection never comes and most often a great team dissolves into a frustrated group of talented people. Frustration comes because, in most cases, the leader is in the sole position to steer the organization. Everyone, the staff, management team, etc. want to succeed with the plan and please the leader.

When headed to an imaginary place with real people, the leader has two choices. The first choice is to realize the delusion of perfection, correct the course and go on. The second is to get rid of the real people, hold firm to his/her delusion and fill the real people’s vacancies with others who like to play Imaginary Friends.

This seems like an easy call for a leader, but all too often Ego makes admission of flawed leadership something to be avoided at all costs. The result is a once great or forward moving company trying to survive and not go under. Reputation and real innovative drive are all but gone.

These are the companies that are either bought and leadership replaced or the company treads water until the inevitable closer occurs.

In the case of churches, these are places who, if the truly believe what most teach, should close and merge with another church who is focused on the real place of excellence.

Imagining or Real? I’m betting you would choose Reality.

How Was Your Day?

November 18, 2008

This is a question that I’m repeating to myself each day as I return home from a day at the office. I’m asking this question, and you should too, because of the fact that we should be living remarkable (another word that is becoming very familiar to my mind) lives every day.

Sure we all have bum days where things don’t go exactly as planned…well maybe a lot of those kind of days, but that is still no reason to go home and answer The Question with a simple “OK”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not skydiving and bull riding every day, but I have picked up the gauntlet to have remarkable experiences more often than the “status quo” wants me to.

A remarkable day is simply a day that exhibits qualities worthy of remarking about. What did you do today that can’t wait to tell other people about?

In case you haven’t heard, I corralled a snake (a Copperhead we think now) out of the church – no we didn’t keep it for Sunday. Now that’s remarkable! And I bet you want to tell someone else right now.

Look out for opportunities to do and experience remarkable things. Life is waiting to be lived – so go live it!