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29
2024

Maintenance Minute - April 2024 | One way to Excellence

Posted 19 days ago ago by Admin

Recently, I was asked to be a guest speaker at DaVinciSKY annual leadership meeting. If you don’t know them, DavinciSKY is a business with a long-standing history in the electrical power industry. My topic that day was “One Way to Excellence.”  

I believe there are multiple ways to excellence, but it will always begin with desire. Unfortunately, not everyone has a desire to be excellent. It’s our responsibility to fill our organizations with those who care and seek to be the best. We should also invest in continuing education for those on our team who wish to excel.

Another component of being excellent is to serve and work on purpose. In the book, The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren the first line of the first page is “It’s not about you.” It is our responsibility to serve others. As professional helicopter mechanics, we should make it a priority to learn everything there is to know about our craft and ensure that we always perform to a level of excellence because the lives of others depend on the quality of our work.

According to Simon Sinek in his bestseller, Start with Why, we all should know why we do what we do and put it into words in a personal and professional mission or vision statement. Having this understanding makes your purpose clear and makes it easier to accept the call when the aircraft is AOG in the middle of the night or weekend work is required to support the customer.

When I spoke at the DaVinciSKY conference, I asked the linemen that worked outside of the helicopter if it was important to them when they were hanging beneath the helicopter or working on the skid, that the pilot performed his job with excellence. I asked the pilots if it was important to them while flying inside the wire if the mechanics performed with excellence. The answer from each group, of course, was yes.

The commitment to perform with excellence is the key to making the plan work. Commitment is the driver of action and the glue that holds everything together. In the words of Coach Vince Lombardi, “The quality of one’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” 

To be a top-rated helicopter mechanic is not an easy task. It takes years of experience and education to become top tier. It also takes the commitment to persevere through adversity. That is where we will find our victory. Jon Gordon is another author who says that it’s not our goals that will lead us to success, but our commitment to the process.

Desire, purpose, and commitment. These are three of the building blocks that will help us grow to be the best that we can be and keep us on the one way to excellence.

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