The Business of Excellence uses first-hand experiences from high-performance operations to provide invaluable leadership lessons, as well as offering clear, accessible and practical insights on managing teams in any business environment.
The Business of Excellence offers a unique and compelling perspective on the drivers of excellence in teams and organizations. The author, Justin Hughes, brings an unusual mix of experience and insight, having worked as a management consultant to some of the world’s most successful organizations, in addition to having served for 12 years as a military fighter pilot, where he became Executive Officer on the RAF Red Arrows.
The challenges of high performance and leadership are explored in depth, and are illustrated with insights, interviews and case studies from the military, sporting and corporate worlds. The material includes a proprietary performance model that can be applied to a wide spectrum of organizations, focusing on:
Â· People: the primacy of attitude over skills
Â· Capability: building alignment before setting people free
Â· Delivery: a process to close the gap between desired and actual outcomes
Â· Learning: how to accelerate performance in real time
Â· Leadership: exhibiting a set of behaviours such that otherschooseto follow
Â· Risk: avoiding the victory of compliance over outcomes.
InThe Business of Excellence, Justin deconstructs the drivers of high performance with a rare clarity, insight and accessibility, to illustrate and explain tangible tools and methods, all of which can be applied by readers in their own teams and organizations.
Justin Hughes is the Managing Director of Mission Excellence, a consultancy that partners with organizations committed to high performance. He built the business from a zero base; it now delivers consulting and training services around the world to organizations across the spectrum of commercial, public sector, not-for-profit and professional sport. Justin is also a renowned speaker on high performance, decision-making, risk and safety culture, and leadership. In addition to private client engagements, he has presented at a number of high-profile national and international events including the UK Institute of Directors' Annual Convention and 'Leaders in Dubai'.
Prior to founding Mission Excellence, Justin was a military fighter pilot with the UK Royal Air Force, becoming the Executive Officer of the Red Arrows, with whom he flew over 250 displays worldwide.
"Any leader who is striving to create a high performance team environment should read this gem of a book from cover to cover! It deserves to become the execution manual for any team or organisation that aims to achieve operational excellence." - Costas Markides,Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Holder of the Robert Bauman Chair in Strategic Leadership, London Business School
"Justin Hughes' experience as a fighter pilot is highly relevant to teams everywhere. InThe Business of Excellence, he has offered a vivid, compelling and highly readable insight into building world-leading teams and organizations." - Dr Catherine Raines,Chief Executive, UK Trade & Investment
"Justin Hughes is that rare breed of consultant and commentator who has been there and done it. Combine that with strong values and outstanding communication skills and you have someone worth listening to." - David Bellamy,CEO, St James’ Place
"This is a book, above all, about delivering great outcomes whatever challenges are thrown up on the way. A recommended read for any team or business leader wanting to take performance to the next level." - Ian Jeffery,CEO and Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP
"InThe Business of Excellence, Justin Hughes articulates a clear strategy for the pursuit of excellence coming from his many years of experience as a fighter pilot and entrepreneur. I am a big fan of learning from other environments and highly recommend it." - Paddy Lowe,Executive Director, Mercedes Grand Prix