Consistency vs. Perfection

By Peter Viele Apr 27, 2016

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”


N2 is certainly not perfect. We never will be. We are a company centered on our people – our residents, our clients, our Area Directors, and our Home Office team members – and we all know that people are imperfect. Yet, despite our imperfections, we can strive for consistency in everything we do as a company. 

After 12 years of emphasizing consistency in our work regardless of our resources, the natural ripple effect of people challenging other people to be better, to be more consistent, has proliferated throughout the entire company. We value people who are reliable and having a team we can count on has led us to be a thriving print media company in the digital age.

How to become consistent

Forming good habits is the first step to producing consistency in one’s professional life. Once the groundwork of good work habits has been established, consistency begins to emerge, producing excellent work as a result. It’s not rocket science; it just takes dedication to one’s craft.

And that’s our secret. In every publication, every page, every design, every photo, every advertisement and every story, consistency is our magic formula to achieving an excellent product each month.

Maintaining this consistency in these areas begins with having consistent team members. Even on a bad day with potentially hindering circumstances facing our team members, they get the job done and keep propelling N2 forward. This is when we see the true awesomeness of our people. Experiencing this display of excellence through consistent behaviors and actions truly makes us thankful for our team members. They constantly impress us with their fortitude and knack for consistency. 


Making consistency a priority

Though we can’t be perfect, we can choose to be consistent in our work. Whether it’s a press operator always following the print procedures, an editor double-checking copy, a designer following the N2 style guidelines, an Area Director always being on time for an appointment with a resident or client, or simply the Field Support Team always answering the phone to help out someone in the field, setting up consistent habits will inevitably lead to success. 

We didn’t experience our success overnight. It has required sacrifice, time and constantly showing up to get to us where we are. Among many other values, consistency is important to us at N2 and we need more dependable individuals who can consistently knock it out of the park day-in and day-out. If you’re the type of person who knows that hard work pays off, and you believe that you fit our cultural values, then there’s a place for you on our team

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