Normal Excellence

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Normal Excellence

  1. 1. Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D. Big Idea Lecture Series May 13, 2014 Normal Excellence
  2. 2. www.bretlsimmons.com http://www.slideshare.net/BretLSimmons https://www.youtube.com/user/eustress
  3. 3. Excellence matters via @drbret #bigideas
  4. 4. What is excellence?
  5. 5. “People do the right thing even when no one is looking over their shoulder” (Sutton & Rao, 1994)
  6. 6. Robert Quinn Excellence is a form of deviance…You become excellent because you are doing things normal people do not want to do. You become excellent by choosing a path that is risky and painful, a path that is not appealing to others.
  7. 7. Permission
  8. 8. Make Normal More Excellent?
  9. 9. Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games Babe Ruth
  10. 10. Sigmoid Curve (Charles Handy) Sigmoid Curve (Charles Handy, 1995)
  11. 11. Discipline of The Second Curve “..always assume that we are near the peak of the first curve and should therefore be starting to prepare for the second” (p.57)
  12. 12. Plumbing before poetry
  13. 13. Integrity
  14. 14. Bad is stronger than good
  15. 15. Get rid of the bad apples Best leaders and teams act quickly and decisively to remove destructive characters when lesser measures fail
  16. 16. Excellence is a form of deviance DO things others are not willing to do
  17. 17. Questions?

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