Tough Being Good
By Mark Inboden
(For those of you too young to know: Willie Mays is a Hall of Fame baseball player and arguably one of the best center fielders of all-time.)
When I saw this quote the other day, I immediately thought about UCEC.
In order for us to meet our customers' expectations, we have to be good everyday. We take the attitude that once we walk in the door, we leave the “outside” world behind, and concentrate on our work. Are we always our best? More times than not. Do we make mistakes? Sure, we are only human. Do we work our tails off and do whatever it takes to meet our customers' deadlines? Yes, and that is the UCEC difference.
We know it is a tough world out there, but our team is ready for the challenge. If one team member is not quite their best on a particular day, we will pull another team member into the mix. We hire people who want to learn and be their best each and every day. I can’t think of a better place to work, but maybe I just like being around the best!
Mark is President and CEO of UCEC.
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