On my bookshelf sits a small book with a powerful message.

We sabotage excellence.

Harry Paul, John Britt, and Ed Jent have given us an intriguing story in Who Kidnapped Excellence? The mystery opens with a kidnapping and a ransom note left in the administrative conference room.

“We have taken your excellence. If you ever want to see your Excellence again, open your eyes & pay the ransom.”

Excellence, who has been kidnapped, leads a close-knit team. Passion, Competency, Flexibility, Communication, and Ownership need their leader. 

Without spoiling the intrigue and suspense, I was most struck by the boldness and contempt displayed by the antagonist—Average.  Excellence reminds him that…

“Average is the enemy of being your best.”

We can talk about excellence. Signs and slogans can proclaim our commitment to excellence.

Talk and posters are no match for the meddling and subversive nature of average. Average can destroy and inhibit excellence in even the best of circumstances.

In both our personal lives and in the workplace, we unwittingly allow Average to grab a foothold. We wonder why change and reaching excellence takes so much effort and energy. Like the Dementors of Harry Potter, Average can suck the life out of Excellence.

There is a way out of this dilemma.

Follow The Law of Excellence

The Law of Excellence
Keep a constant awareness and vigilance
to always
be your best
with
Passion,
Competency,
Flexibility,
Communication, and
Ownership.

How will you follow the Law of Excellence to subdue and eradicate Average?

Send me a note or share these ideas with others. And always—be and become #yourbest.