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Excellence in the Workplace

By Desi Payne - Super Blogger - Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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Several years ago, I was working on a video project which would be educational and impactful for children. While sharing this with one of my mentors (Norm Hewitt) many years ago, he made the comment, “Whatever you do, make sure you do it with excellence.” If it’s low-budget, tacky, or poorly done, people will not pay any attention to it. I took it to heart and prolonged the project for two more years to get all my ducks in order and do it right. Looking back now, I am glad for the wait because the project was done with excellence. I believe what you’re doing today is always preparing you for what you’re going to do tomorrow. That advice years ago always replays in my head when I’m starting a new project or setting a new goal.

When you’re at work, do you do things to “just get by”? Do you hurry up so you can just get home? Sloppy work, hurried work, or mindless work will not bring you any excellence. My father worked for NASA in the 70’s as an aeronautic engineer. As a child, I remember him being called in the night as thousands of employees were scrambling to remedy the error that had been made prior to the Apollo 13 space launch, a scene best depicted in Ron Howard’s movie. Errors can happen in health care, pharmacies, air flights, food production companies, or any other realm of enterprise.
“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work!” - Thomas J. Watson
Below I’ve listed four thoughts on pushing ourselves to the next level to reach excellence:
1. Hang around people who are excellent in their field. Learn from them, get tips and insights, and best of all, ask them lots of questions. Don’t do things alone. In his book, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, John Maxwell writes about the Law of Significance: “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” You cannot do anything of real value alone.
2. Slow down. Sometimes taking ten seconds to think about what you’ve just done or what you’re about to do will up-level your game.
3. Focus. Don’t get “shiny object syndrome,” which I’ve experienced myself when involved with a project. Stay on task! Don’t get distracted.
4. Strive to be the Best of the Best. Another mentor, Roddy Galbraith, was critiquing one of my keynote speeches which I thought was pretty good. He said it was good, but it wasn’t the best I could do. He said, “Think about striving to be the best of the best.”
Today, push yourself to higher ground and be excellent in everything you set your hand to do. “The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but on the excellence of the work he produces.” - Thomas Aquinas
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Do You Work with Zombies?

By Desi Payne - Super Blogger - Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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One day I was walking through my living room at home and saw a sharp ax fly up and hit someone in the head. Brain matter splattered everywhere. After the initial shock, I turned to my husband and daughter who were sitting on the couch, and asked them, “What on earth are you watching?” Without taking their eyes off of the TV, one of them mumbled The Walking Dead. ...Read More


Complaining on the Job

By Desi Payne - Super Blogger - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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After having surgery a year ago (torn ligament on the bottom of my foot), I told myself, “Scooting myself up and down the stairs numerous times a day is definitely going to make my triceps bigger and stronger and my core muscles hard as a brick.” That’s what you do when you can’t bear weight on your foot for several months. When we are not laid up from a surgery, how many times do we complain when we have to make dinner, wash clothes, get up to get the TV remote five feet away, or get a glass of ice water? When you’re not able to, you wish so much you could hop right up and do those things.  ...Read More


Super Heroes and Super Stress

By Desi Payne - Super Blogger - Monday, January 16, 2017
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Have you ever imagined yourself as a Super Hero? C’mon, nobody’s looking, you can answer the question. Of course you have! Even with the tightest spandex on – you see yourself with no bulges, a six-pack, muscles popping out everywhere, and a sparkle from your teeth when you flash that incredible smile. Or as a female, the perfect figure fitting perfectly into that skin-tight costume without holding your breath and doing a flip or two in the air as you move toward your menace that you will take down with one swift kick. ...Read More