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Quest for Excellence

The quest for excellence is the perennial goal of those who strive for peak performance in the pursuit of the fulfillment of their dreams. In this pursuit they draw on each experience, learn from it, facing every challenge and opt for every opportunity every day, and then they act on it. This is the path to personal excellence, says Orlick in his bestselling book, In pursuit of Excellence.  


Some of Orlick’s other lessons and how to apply them in real world situations are:  

  • Aspire for attainable goals, take risks and stay focused in the pursuit of excellence
  • Set priorities to get control of your life, steer your life on the path to excellence
  • Create a vision of where you want to be in life and commit to what it takes to get there
  • Know that commitment is at the heart of excellence
  • Become aware of your own capabilities, strengths and weaknesses charting your own path to excellence
  • Learn from your setbacks and your mistakes and draw positive lessons from it
  • Seek feedback and act on it and mentally prepare to go move on.
  • Be aware that anxious feelings interfere with the message you may be trying to communicate

This approach to ongoing learning can be applied in many situations such as reducing stress, improving relationships, improving the consistency of our performance, embracing challenges and committing to goals that will enhance the quality of your life.


This approach can also be extended to corporate excellence. In their book, In Search of Excellence,

Peters & Waterman, present such a perspective as they enumerate lessons they learned in their work with corporations.  


Following is a list of eight lessons to develop corporate excellence:


  • Quick Action: Open, informal organization allows quick action
  • Satisfied Customer: Excellent product quality and/or service makes for satisfied customers
  • Autonomy & Entrepreneurship: Organizations that support a creative process will be successful
  • Productivity Through People: When workers are treated as partners with dignity, companies succeed
  • Value Driven: Clearly defined values will help to define the organization
  • Diversification: Successful companies branch out but remain close to their main skill
  • Simple Form: Administrative layers at the upper levels must remain thin for efficient functioning
  • Flexibility: Companies that are tightly controlled but encourage entrepreneurship, innovation, and autonomy within the ranks  foster dedication to the core values of the company

This is the art and science in the quest for excellence, both at personal and professional levels. Getting the best out of life experience and striving for excellence will enable to make your dreams come true.