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?
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