- March 12, 2014
- Posted by: Diekola Onaolapo
- Category: Eczellon Talks
We introduce today’s post with the famous quote by Aristotle and a useful quality for African businesses as they strive to remain relevant and gain competitive advantage.
Most successful businesses have adopted excellence as a thrust and we have seen them survive generations. An example is Walmart – a business formed with the desire to create the best retail experience ever. Another example is Walt Disney, an organization committed to creating lasting experiences and memories. These companies, through several management changes, did not renege on the promise made to consumers from the beginning. They put systems in place to ensure that consistent levels of delivery are maintained from generation to generation.
Excellence informs the core of every enduring brand. The concept of excellence transcends hard work. It transcends knowledge. It is a way of being and doing; with the being driving the doing.
Excellence is responsible for the creativity that births innovations that we see all around us. The constant quest to improve beyond current realities has given birth to civilization as we have it today. Imagine that the Wright brothers were comfortable with moving around in cars alone or if Tim Berners Lee did not think of a better way to share information, we will not have airplanes or the World Wide Web; and each of these inventions with its attendant gains.
Every innovation starts with a questioning of the status quo and the search for improved ways of doing things. This is the onus on us all as individuals and collectively as a nation. It is not enough to act, it is not enough to do, the quality of delivery matters as much.
Excellence creates amazing products, services, economies, relationships, lifestyles and indeed societies. We cannot even begin to function at optimum capacity if we do not permit our minds to explore better ways of doing things. So join us in the quest of being the best that we can possibly be.
Embrace excellence today!