Operational Excellence is not easy to define. Some descriptions are too broad. Others set parameters so narrow that the ultimate definition seems too focused in scope. Often, we end up with definitions that seem plausible in an academic sense, such as:
- Being world class
- Being the best globally
- Excellence in everything we do
These definitions are difficult to translate into practical actions. Worse yet, we end up with so many different interpretations of what 'Operational Excellence' is that the organization as a whole lacks a precise definition and a roadmap to follow for achieving it.