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I saw the angel in stone and I carved until I set him free. - Michelangelo

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Execution of Exellence

I've mentioned before, I push the envelope in a lot of my projects.  It isn't ever enough to just deliver the expected product, I prefer to jazz it up with my own flavor.  There have been some hard lessons learned over the years regarding adding spices to someone else's sauce, so hopefully here today you can learn from my mistakes and avoid making your own.  I heard a talk earlier this year about a company's "sauce".  In the talk, the speaker described a restaurant known for its branded sauce. People came from miles to taste this sauce.  The chef wanted to add a little something extra, just a pinch of something different. You can imagine what came next - he changed the sauce! It was good, but it wasn't the world famous sauce people had come to crave. The trouble with adding a dash of you instead of what's required is you wind up creating something brand new.  Artistic Leaders are particularly vulnerable to creating a new sauce, adding our own spin on a tradition and calling it the new normal.  We get caught up in the excitement and thrill of creation and forget to stop and ask for the recipe.  

Artistic Leaders must master the Execution of Excellence.  If that means following a tired, worn out recipe or (gasp!) coloring inside the lines, then he must do it to the best of his ability and push the envelope of skill rather than embarking into new territory. When you are able to execute the normal with excellence and focus and passion, the same way you would if it was your own idea, your capacity for growth increases.  The commitment and dedication it takes to carry out another's vision with the same intensity and drive you would if it was your own takes leadership.  Be known for your excellence, because when the day comes to move in the direction of your dream, nothing will hold you back!

If you lead a team or if you have children, then you know for certain the chaos that ensues when everyone is doing their own thing instead of focusing on the task at hand.  It's madness and what gets left behind in the dust, curled up in a crumpled heap is your dream, your plan, your vision.  How much stronger is your team, family, or group when everyone works together to accomplish the vision?  When you execute with excellence you gain trust, build integrity, and you learn humility.  And once you open yourself up to learn, you provide a place to grow and be inspired. 

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