excellence

A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on behavior, books, character, conscience, ethics, excellence, good, guidance, honesty, integrity, laws, life, mediocrity, and rules

The legal system doesn't always serve as a good guide for your conscience. You can step way over the ethical line and still be inside the law. The same thing goes for rules, policies and procedures - you know, the organization's "internal laws." You can "go by the book" and still behave unethically. Still not move beyond mediocrity. High standards-the ethics of excellence-come to life through your basic values, your character, integrity and honesty. Obeying the law is the bare minimum.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on conflict, ethics, excellence, facts, people, popularity, and struggle

When you hold out for high standards, people are impressed-but they don't always like you for it. Not everybody will be on your side in your struggle to do what's right and ethical. In fact, sometimes even you won't be on your side. You'll wrestle with inner conflict, torn between what you should do and what you want to do. You'll also aggravate other people. Seems when you walk the straight and narrow you always step on someone's toes. Don't count on the ethics of excellence to make you popular.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on careers, ethics, excellence, needs, and principles

We need timeless principles to steer by in running our organizations and building our personal careers. We need high standards . . . the ethics of excellence.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on business, excellence, good, justice, and people

Excellence is a process, not just an outcome. Sure, we have to hold out for high standards in the products or services we provide. The goods must be more than "good enough." But so must our approach - you know, our methodology, the way we do business and deal with people. How could the ends be considered excellent if we can't be proud of the means?

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on ethics, excellence, exercise, and mediocrity

The only way we can develop muscle is through regular exercise. As soon as we stop stretching and working toward higher ethics, our standards start to sag. The muscle gets soft, and instead of excellence we have to settle for mediocrity. Maybe something even worse.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on excellence, reputation, and risk

High personal standards aren't enough for organizational excellence. You've got to be intolerant of low standards in others. . . . If you accommodate questionable practices in others who touch your organization, you risk soiling its reputation. Anybody whose hands aren't clean can get the place dirty.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on ethics, excellence, future, perspective, reputation, and risk

The ethics of excellence require a sense of perspective. Look at the big picture. If you live for the moment, do you mortgage the future? What happens if you put your reputation at risk . . . and lose the bet?

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on decisions, dignity, ethics, excellence, pride, respect, self-respect, and vanity

Live according to the ethics of excellence, and you can always stand proud. Pride - not vanity, but dignity and self-respect - should carry a lot of weight in helping you make decisions. Let pride help you decide.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on accidents, achievement, conscience, ethics, excellence, money, talent, and technology

We can't achieve excellence through talent alone. Or merely by making technological improvements. We can't even buy our way to excellence, no matter how much money we have available to spend. More dollars will never do it. We have to develop a strong corporate conscience. Ethical muscle. And that doesn't happen by accident either.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on action, belief, ethics, and excellence

The ethics of excellence are grounded in action - what you actually do, rather than what you say you believe. Talk, as the saying goes, is cheap.

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Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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