‘Developing a Culture of Personal and Corporate Excellence’ – Pastor David Oyedepo Jnr
Excellence in spiritual, secular, contemporary, or historical contexts, refer to distinction and outstanding success. It is a general desire in all human pursuits and those who have possessed this uncommon trait have always been distinguished in pursuit. The Resident Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaan Land, Ota, expressed these thoughts during his presentation on the 3rd day of the Covenant University Executive Advance 2016 programme.
Pastor Oyedepo Jnr, who made a presentation titled, “Developing a Culture of Personal and Corporate Excellence,” stated that the subject of excellence can be applied both personally and corporately; however, corporate excellence is a product of the collective engagement of individuals in establishing an excellence demanding culture. He gave an example with the story in Daniel 6:3 where the bible says, “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”
He highlighted that the effect of excellence in the life of Daniel was that he was preferred as the best amongst his peers. “When an organization is excellent, like we saw in Daniel’s story, the organization becomes established as preferred amongst others, and considered to be set above all. As Covenant University pursues vigorously, Vision 10:2022, there is a demand upon her to develop the attributes of excellence,” he stated.
Defining the word excellence, he described it as a state of ‘being preferred against (Daniel 6:3),’ or being the choice amongst various options. He also defined it as the possession of value or worth that exceeds your competition (Genesis 41:38). “This means that a man, woman, or organization of excellence exposes the inadequacy of competition in comparison. Excellence is the catalyst for speed (1 Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 3:8; 2 Peter 3:15). This is because when an excellent approach is engaged, you are able to exceed those who have been clearly more advantaged. Therefore, excellence is an equalizer for the disadvantaged. Excellence is an amplifier (1 Samuel 16:18),” he elucidated.
He further spoke on how to understand the developmental nature of excellence; noting that excellence is not a gift, but rather, something that must be developed or cultivated. One of the most profound statements, he said, was the scripture in Luke 2:52, which states, “….And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” He explained that Jesus was said to have grown in favour with God and men, which connotes an increasing experience of acceptance and promotion in the sight of observers. “The consequence of this is that excellence and distinction is a growing experience, for which Jesus Himself tirelessly strived. In fact the scriptures say that he stretched for the accomplishment of His task (Luke 12:49-50). If this was the case concerning Jesus, then it must be the case concerning us (Hebrews 12:2),” he stated.
“Furthermore,” he said, “excellence can go beyond individual pursuit or corporate target and become a part of personal and organizational culture. Organizational culture refers to a number of shared assumptions, values and beliefs which govern how people behave in organizations. Clearly, from this definition, culture is the driving force for consistent behaviour. Therefore, a culture of excellence can be described as shared assumptions or concepts of excellence, backed with a shared value for excellence, that stand as deep seated convictions, resulting in a common pursuit of excellence by all actors.”
Speaking on how to develop a culture of excellence, he stated that excellence requires reporting. According to him, “In the story of creation, we found God the Creator, whose name is called Excellent (Psalm 8:1) reporting on every step of creation (Genesis 1:1-31). What is not reported may never be improved on. A culture that makes practice of reporting, is one that is well on its way to inculcating excellence.”
He also mentioned other measures that power the development of excellence as demand for assessment and measurement, proper placement of self, open accountability and integrity. “It is important to note that a culture of excellence is possible. It forms a core part of the vision of the University. However, given the steps unveiled, it is a path that demands the participation of all active participants gathered here. It is a product of our collective endeavour. We must demand more from ourselves in order to attain this desired goal of excellence,” he concluded.