Knowing my love for Tom Peters a very close friend and mentor gave me a copy of his book, The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence a collection of his blog posts with a focus on excellence. A few pages in, post #8 struck me in two ways. First, the simplicity in which he presented excellence was really good. Secondly, leadership is equally intriguing and very similar.
So in honor of Tom Peters here’s his Excellence Is… followed by my adaptation, Leadership Is…
Excellence is the best defense.
Excellence is the best offense.
Excellence is the answer in good times.
Excellence is the answer in tough times.
(Excellence is the answer in tough times.)
Excellence is about the big things.
Excellence is about the little things.
Excellence is a relationship.
Excellence is a philosophy.
Excellence is an aspiration.
Excellence is immoderate.
Excellence is a pragmatic standard.
Excellence is execution.
Excellence is selfish.
Excellence is selfless.
Excellence is what keeps you awake.
Excellence is what lets you sleep well.
Excellence is a moving target.
Excellence is that which … knows no bounds
If not EXCELLENCE, what?
If not EXCELLENCE now, when?
Leadership is the difference
Leadership is change
Leadership is motivating
Leadership is vision
Leadership is empowering
Leadership is culture changing
Leadership is an action
Leadership is people
Leadership is inspiring
Leadership is results
Leadership is principles
Leadership is purpose
Leadership is learning
Leadership is coaching
Leadership is influence
Leadership is consistency
Leadership is execution
Leadership is knowing what
Leadership is knowing when
Leadership is knowing how
If not LEADERSHIP, what?
If not LEADERSHIP now, when?
Thank you Tom Peters for the inspiration!!
Tom Peters book, The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence is a great read, you won’t be disappointed. You can get it here.
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