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Do not let the pursuit of excellence turn into an obsession

Somebody once said, “Never settle for anything less than your dreams”. To me that means “Striving for Excellence.”

business Updated: Sep 05, 2012 23:46 IST

Somebody once said, “Never settle for anything less than your dreams”. To me that means “Striving for Excellence.”

However, someone else went on to say: "an obsession with perfection can be the enemy of real progress.”

Sometimes it does happen that, in striving for excellence, we miss the truly good.

But what we need to understand is that striving for excellence is not the problem.

The problem starts when the quest for excellence turns into an obsession of an individual, which is not shared by the rest of the team.

The key for me is to translate one’s obsession for perfection to one’s team through sustained and effective communication.

Articulate the big picture and never lose focus of it and ensure that your team shares the big picture especially the “whys” of it. Always prioritize.

(Vipin Sondhi, MD and CEO, JCB India Ltd)

Very often we face moral dilemmas in professional life.

While chasing rapid career progression, financial rewards and professional recognition, we tend to become a part of the rat race and want to excel, no matter what.

It takes a rich moral fibre, a strong sense of ethics and integrity, to not to give in to the temptation of sacrificing the means in the pursuit of the end.

I believe that the need of the hour is for a strong moralistic self-governance code of conduct to avoid moral atrophy and unbridled greed.

We need to be sensitive to the consequences of our actions.

Ethics and morality have to be ingrained in the younger generation such that, the means are seen as vastly superior and of greater consequence than the end.

That’s necessary to build a fair, equitable and honest society, where the pursuit of excellence will not be the enemy of good.

(R Ramakrishnan, VC and Group CEO, Polycab Group)