This word gets thrown around in the leadership world a lot. We drill it, others drill it to us. It becomes a word that we ignore and sometimes even resent. We claim to understand what it means, however I think if we really did we would embrace it a little more rather than role our eyes when we hear it. We think our bosses or even family members are demanding perfection from us, or they are expecting something out of this world amazing to happen when they use that word. It is truly much simpler than that!!
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” -Charles R. Swindoll
Excellence may not mean that you are going to win a Nobel Peace Prize! It does however mean that whatever you do, you care about it enough to do the best that you can! I was thinking about this last night as I prepared dinner for my family! When I do something, I want it to be good! I enjoy setting the table and making it look good. Not because other people are coming over but because it is my family and I want all of the time I have with them to be special. I am a good cook, because I really care about the outcome. That means I took the time to study and learn how to cook and constantly research new recipes. Whatever I present, I want it to be done in excellence. Whether it is folding laundry or preparing a message to speak at church, I want to do my best.
I believe more than anything excellence is about doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way so that people can see you actually care about what you are doing. It is not about perfection, it is about how much time and heart you are willing to invest in what you do.
At Oasis, we use that word a lot. I am sure some of our staff have been tired of hearing it. But, they understand it. They know why we do it. It is the same reason they like to go to nice restaurants to eat, that they enjoy beautiful places and good movies! How much more should we care about what we do??
You see, Christ is the reason for our excellence and excellence draws people in!!