Striving for the
Spirit of Excellence
TO GIVE TOOLS FOR CONTINUED STRIVING
1. mediocrity seems to reign in the now generation
2. thoughts, actions, dress, timeliness, craftsmanship, integrity
SPIRIT = characteristic, guts, inner composition
EXCELLENCE = superiority, brilliance, distinction, fineness
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Select a few, good measures in which you want to excel
Make sure they have the necessary characteristics which will lead to excellence-not hitting and missing;
A LITTLE DAB WILL NOT DO
But remember that no measure is perfect.
Having Measures will:
Focus attention where you want it focused
Ensure that people don't become confused with what you are seeking to project
You can always add more measures later if you wish. Everything can be improved upon measurement and common sense go together!
Characteristics of Good Measures
Is the measure related to a concept important for goal attainment-why am I striving for it?
The measure really measures what it is supposed to measure.
The measure provides consistent, accurate "readings"
The measure detects changes that you consider important
The measure provides information in time to be useful.
Usefulness for Multiple Purposes
Is what I am striving for going to lead me to measurable goal attainment--excellence
The benefits of the measure are worth whatever it costs to "get" it. What will it cost me to use what I have perfected--excellence
The measure seems reasonable and will provide information that is believable someone other than you should see the results