Our Values: Striving for Excellence

It’s not enough to only know the AIESEC values - values are made to be lived. In this series of articles, we’ll be exploring the six AIESEC values and how we as an organisation and you as an individual can live these values on a daily basis.  

What does it mean to strive for excellence? At first glance, it’s simple. Striving for excellence means that we push ourselves to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do. In order to be the disruptive organisation we want to be, we need to consistently deliver high quality leadership development experiences, every time. 

The Customer Flow evolution is one way we as a global organisation are striving for excellence in delivering high quality exchanges. By streamlining and aligning our processes we are able to be customer-centric in all our operations, and focus on what we do best - leadership development. In aligning EP LEAD to the defining elements of the leadership qualities in the leadership development model, we strive to increase the consistency of our leadership development.

Woooo SDG alignment!

Woooo SDG alignment!

On a local level, striving for excellence is evident as well. LCs are aligning Global Volunteer projects to the SDGs, improving the quality of our projects by shaping them around what the world needs. The small actions by everyone within the LC to push for greater goals in an effort to increase our organisational reach demonstrate the way we push for greater performance.

But this is only part of what it means to strive for excellence. In order to truly strive for excellence, we must also continuously improve through creativity and innovation. 

Kanye has the right idea!

Kanye has the right idea!

Without creativity and innovation, we cannot truly strive for excellence, as we would only be doing what we have always been done. We need creativity and innovation in every action to constantly challenge what we have always been doing, in order to reinvent and improve how we run as an organisation. It is through creativity and innovation that we are able to deliver the highest quality performance in all our actions.

But innovation can be scary.  It’s easy to work with what we currently have and do what has always been done, but if we do that, then we cannot truly say we are striving for excellence. We need to let go of what is comfortable and take entrepreneurial and innovative risks to improve how we operate as an organisation, on all levels. 

Innovation can be scary, but it's so worth it.

Innovation can be scary, but it's so worth it.

 

We need to truly live AIESEC’s value of Striving for Excellence in all we do as an organisation, and take the fearless steps we need to in order to continuously improve our organisation to be the best it can be.  And it all starts from the small actions we do on a daily basis in our teams, in our LCs, in our MCs. 

How have you strived for excellence in your daily AIESEC life? Share your stories in the comments below!

We continuously improve through creativity and innovation. We strive to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do.