Excellence: 5 Questions for Business, Political People & Entrepreneurs Business / Stories

excellence  ex·cel·lence \ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)s\: the best we can be, maximizing our gifts, talents and abilities to perform at our highest potential.

I almost chose to write a blog on success. It seems obvious that someone in entrepreneurship would ask business people and entrepreneurs about how they become successful. Instead of focus on success, which is often measured by comparison to others, I want to write about excellence. People who are excellent have intrinsic motivation to perform at their highest potential, and as a result, often yield success.

People who are excellent have intrinsic motivation to perform at their highest potential.

This blog will humanize excellence by telling the personal story of people in business, politics and entrepreneurship. I want to share what drives them to be excellent and how their background and personality contribute to identifying their biggest competitor as their self. Over time, themes that explain excellence in individuals, industries and a community will emerge. I wouldn’t expect anyone to answer something publicly that I wouldn’t answer myself, so the first post starts with me.

This blog will humanize excellence…

Excellence Q&A with Kylie Rowe

Q: What is the number one tip to maintain excellence in the work you do?

A: Surround yourself with good people and nurture those relationships throughout your lifetime. With the rise of social media, it’s almost impossible to lose contact. We have all the tools we need to effectively keep in touch as long as we develop our own emotional intelligence.

Q: If you advanced in your career, moved on to the next biggest and best thing, what specific quality would you look for in a person that would replace you with excellence?

A: Excellent communication skills are key. My position in the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship is external facing. I work with students and faculty across the University and a wide range of people in the community. I go between explaining concepts of business to building trust with people that can help expand programs and support entrepreneurship at the local and state level.

Q. Overall, if you could name one strength, what would you say contributes most to your excellence?

A: Drive.

Q. What is your Myers-Briggs (e.g., ESTJ, INFP…) and how does your personality contribute to excellence?

A: ESTJ: Extraversion-Sensing-Thinking-Judgment. It’s part of my personality to get things done and with self-imposed high expectations. I am very thorough and ultimately make decisions because they are the right thing to do. Being an extravert aids me to build relationships and most importantly the trust of others. Combining my high expectations with the enjoyment of building relationships and doing the right thing has helped me maintain excellence.

Q. What advice for excellence would you give your 20-year-old self?

A: Dear 20-year-old self: Don’t necessarily expect it, but accept failure. Allow yourself to fail because it is inevitable. Be open and accountable for mistakes, then let it go.


Photo by Jason Bean


  1. Looking forward to following your blog and learning about all of the excellence you’re going to uncover in Reno! I did read to the end of your post, and I think there are so many excellent people in Reno it’s hard to narrow. Excellence is a BIG word and there are many levels of excellence in my opinion, so finding the right questions to ask in order to best uncover excellence is actually harder than it sounds. Learning more about the person, their values/their approach to business I think would be a good starting point. And also understanding their vision, what it is that drives them to be excellent.

    • Tiffany, thank you very much for the comment. I agree with what you said about learning what drives people. In my most recent blog post and interview with Mark Estee [http://www.kylierowe.com/stories/mark-estee/], he talked a lot about vision and how important that is for excellence in business.

  2. I think Kylie Rowe is excellent. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

    I’d love to learn more about the connection between excellence and failure. For example – is there room for failure in excellence? Is there a failure you can share along with how it contributed to your success? How have you grown or learned from failure?

    • Louisa, it’s amazing to call you, a long time best friend, excellent! I will keep in mind the concept of failure and how it contributes to stories of excellence.

  3. Thanks Kylie Rowe for sharing this interesting post and positive views on excellence. In my opinion, I believe there are many excellent people in Reno, such that it is hard to pin point to one individual; and of course, honestly you are one of them. Having worked with you, I know that, and I am proud to say it that you are also very inspirational. I say it is very hard to pin point to one person as being the only excellent, for many reasons; most importantly, (i) excellence is subjective to personal judgment, what I see as excellent someone else might not, and that is okay. (ii) There is no one valid and reliable measure of excellence, you have got to consider so many things: one’s purpose of doing something, vision, passion, commitment, determination, persistence, results, impact, etc. (iii) And, finally, from me, magnitude or extent excellence for one person might differ depending on the object of one’s focus; meaning no one is excellent at everything. I might judge someone as being excellent on one object, and not being excellent on the other; then someone else might judge the same person otherwise on the same objects!

    All in all, I think the most important question to ask when trying to determine excellence (in someone’s performance on any object) is: “What was the purpose of doing something?” Some, if not most people (in my opinion), are are very excellent in achieving ‘effective results;’ however, when those results are measured against the original purpose, you realize how unfortunate the world has become!

    • Libe, what an amazing and very well thought out comment. I truly thank you for taking the time to write that. I do agree that excellence is subjective. I also agree that uncovering excellence requires the identification of someone’s original purpose. I think that goes along with what Tiffany said about understanding what drives people and identifying their vision.

  4. I’m definitely excited to read more from this blog. Reno is brimming with excellence (yourself included, Kylie!), and I think hearing those stories will inspire others in the community and cultivate a passion to do more.

    • Spencer, thank you for reading my first blog post. I would be truly humbled if stories from this blog inspire people to do more in our community.

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