Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Achieving SUSTAINED Excellence - learn from these guys!
I think the ‘traditional’ world of management can learn a tremendous amount by looking outside its own ‘backyard’ and look at, for instance, sport and entertainment.
This last weekend has seen Manchester United forge ahead again by five clear points at the top of the English Premier League.
Also this weekend I was fortunate enough to see The Eagles play another fantastic concert to 20,000 fans at the O2 Arena in London.
One common factor about the phenomenal success of both Manchester United and The Eagles is how they have sustained excellence at the very top level for such a long time. It is not overnight success that blows out after a couple of years. We are talking high performance over a very long period.
Tom Peters famous best seller and the book that popularised management in the early 1980’s was called ‘In Search of Excellence.’
Even allowing for my obvious and self-confessed bias I suggest that Manchester United and The Eagles have achieved excellence and more importantly sustained it.
So …. Three questions to consider:
1 Just what are the ingredients that enable not only the achievement of excellence but sustained excellence for both The Eagles and Manchester United?
2 Can we apply those ingredients in the more traditional world of management in business?
3 If not, why not?
I will be fascinated to receive your comments on this.