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On Excellence

Peter Drucker on Excellence, Careers and Planning (Ed Batista)

On Excellence

One should waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence. It takes far more energy and work to improve from incompetence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence. And yet most people–especially most teachers and most organizations–concentrate on making incompetent performers into mediocre ones. Energy, resources, and time should go instead into making a competent person into a star performer.

On career:

On Planning:

Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values…

A plan can usually cover no more than 18 months and still be reasonably clear and specific. So the question in most cases should be, Where and how can I achieve results that will make a difference within the next year and a half? The answer must balance several things. First, the results should be hard to achieve–they should require “stretching,” to use the current buzzword. But also, they should be within reach. To aim at results that cannot be achieved–or that can be only under the most unlikely circumstances–is not being ambitious, it is being foolish. Second, the results should be meaningful. They should make a difference. Finally, results should be visible and, if at all possible, measurable. From this will come a course of action: what to do, where and how to start, and what goals and deadlines to set.

What can I accomplish in that timeframe? Will these goals require me to truly stretch? Will they truly make a difference? And how will my results be visible and measurable?

Neuroscience, Leadership and David Rock’s SCARF Model (Ed Batista)


Nike’s 10 Principles from the 1970s

Nike 10 Principles