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HAAGA-HELIA eMBA in Service Excellence

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Excellence is a talent or quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards. It is also used as a standard of performance as measured e.g. through economic indicators.
How miserable is the condition of men when the better a thing is, the further it recedes from our sight and the less it is recognized.
Philip Melanchthon, "In Praise of Eloquence," as translated by C. Salazar, in Orations on Philosophy and Education (Cambridge University Press: 1999), p. 62
As I said in another connection: "An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water".
John W. Gardner, Excellence, Can We Be Equal and Excellent Too? (1961), p. 86.
Difficult, say you? Difficult to be a man of virtue, truly good, shaped and fashioned without flaw in the perfect figure of four-squared excellence, in body and mind, in act and thought?
Simonides of Ceos, The Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles (1920 translation by J. T. Sheppard), Introduction, p. xxxi.
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