“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)
Irish poet and playwright
“Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.”
Bernard Berenson (1865 – 1959)
American art historian
Seemingly harsh words, but consider…
Consistency is an interesting word. We often think of it as a desirable quality but that really depends on one’s perspective. In today’s highly competitive business environment, product and service quality are continually advancing. Therefore, companies consistently meeting or exceeding customer expectations are necessarily improving; making their performance anything but consistent. Likewise, employees exhibiting seemingly consistent performance relative to the market are really improving while those whose performance is truly consistent fall behind.
So for the successful, the only true constant is change.