Don’t Believe in Excellence

I recently read a quote that I absolutely loved. I shared the quote with many people, and I received requests to explain why I loved this quote so much. Here’s the quote:

“Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” Tom Peters

I received so many requests to explain myself that I decided to make a video with my thoughts on this quote.

In this video, I explain how this quote helps me answer the following three questions.

  1. How do I know when I am doing a good job on a project?
  2. What’s wrong with trying to get 1% better every day?
  3. How can I automatically become a leader?

Let me know what you think of the quote in the comments!

  • Kel Scott

    I love the response to #2 that says sometimes one has to take a huge step and change things up dramatically. Two questions that crop up in the disqus: 1. Where does contentment and satisfaction come into the paradigm? 2. Does one sometimes have to go back 1% or 2% to enable a positive 1% improvement?

    • John Mashni

      Great questions, Kel! I would be interested in your thoughts but here are some my own. This also merits more thorough discussion as well.

      Contentment and satisfaction, to me, are sometimes states of mind in the present more so than reflecting my ambition or desire for growth – in other words not necessarily mutually exclusive.

      Also, I think going backwards is more perspective or context than anything else. To others, our progress may look like we are moving backwards but often we must make conscious decisions that lead to progress but appear to move us backwards.

      On the other hand, there is a difference between consciously making a choice to “take a step backward” and a setback or failure that forces us to reinvent or change.

      Sorry for the long response but thanks for asking the question and I look forward to more discussions.

      • Kel Scott

        Now a lunch is definitely a thing. ☺ Give me some dates – we have to pray for the next 1% increase in the dedication and attention that Lansing has for its maker and the 1% increase for Christians becoming more Christ-like. I look forward to the chat.