"In the 80's, many began their search for excellence. Over three decades later, the search still continues for many of us and, for others, the search has just begun. We were intrigued by the concept of excellence in both the personal and organizational domains. So, we began on a journey to understand excellence and soon found that a significant barrier exists. Excellence did not have a generally accepted definition. Thus, any further value we could contribute to the understanding of excellence must be predicated on unshakable bedrock and pillars sanctioned by all those in search of excellence. In short, a common working definition of excellence must be derived."