the pathway to excellence
What is The Pathway to Excellence? The Pathway to Excellence is a model for human development that has purpose at its heart. It is about how we grow in the character and competencies we need to thrive in our world as good people, future builders, continuous learners and unlearners, solution architects, responsible citizens, and team creators. As we ask and answer fundamental questions, we build the adaptive expertise and self-efficacy to encounter success in how we learn, live, lead, and work on our journeys of discovery towards character.
THRIVING IN OUR WORLD
We live in a rapidly changing world. Everyday life means living through complexity, being ready for the things that life throws at us, and enjoying the good fortune with which we are blessed. There is a volume, pace, and intensity to our times that mean we need to be in a position to respond to change readily and willingly. This means that all of us need to be able to muster our dispositions, capacity and the whole of our being to meet these challenges and to make the most of the opportunities that are presented to us.
We need to pursue a journey of inquiry in search of meaning and the discovery of truth and relevance: The Pathway To Excellence. The journey helps us to:
- Learn the self-awareness of knowing ourselves through asking: who am I?
- Live in relationships built by earning our places through asking: where do I fit in?
- Lead as a servant who goes on a journey from me to you to us through asking the question: how can I best serve others?
- Work vocationally and find our calling by asking the question: whose am I?
The Pathway To Excellence, therefore, is about growing in the character and competencies we need to thrive in our world. It is also about how we build the adaptive expertise and self-efficacy to experience success – progress and wellness on our journeys of discovery.
Character is the way we live life. Do we belong? Are we fulfilling our potential? Are we doing what is good and right? These are powerful questions we ask about our civic, performance and moral character. Sometimes to answer them we search deep and discover an inner sense of who we are, and who we may become; this is our mark as a person. Other times, we try to fulfil the expectations of others; this is our measure as a person. And so, through the course of our lives, as we express the civic character of belonging, the performance character of fulfilling potential and the moral character of doing what is good and right, we wrestle. We wrestle with both leaving a mark and measuring up. This is how we form character. This is how we show who we have been, and who we are becoming.
“The journey of learning towards character needs to connect us to the essential questions that we all have and point us towards a way to find answers to them. The power of this inquiry to help us all to live better lives, to help us feel as though we are making a difference in the world, to help us to know that we are getting somewhere, must be sourced in the message we use to talk about it. It must be so significant, so rich, and perhaps even so disruptive of our frames of mind, that it compels us to sit up and take notice. It must force us to want to do something about it. It must make us commit to finding our way on The Pathway To Excellence.”
Dr Philip SA Cummins
Competency is the capacity to demonstrate how one has grown in character. It deliberately and simultaneously asks one to know, to do, to be, and to learn. When competency is achieved, the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and learning habits that are cultivated during the social and educational processes we experience are demonstrated in our values, our actions, and the outcomes we demonstrate. In short, our civic, performance and moral character is revealed in how we learn, live, lead, and work.
Thriving means human beings applying their character and competency to experience success in a world that needs them to:
- Have the integrity to lead meaningful lives as good people.
- Have the ability to manage complexity with authenticity as future builders.
- Grow and transform themselves as continuous learners and unlearners.
- Provide sustainable direction to the world as solution architects.
- Balance the local, the regional, and the global with perspective as responsible citizens.
- Work well in relationship with others, to bring success and fulfilment for all of us as team creators.
- Learn: Learning is about answering the question “Who am I?” Learning well helps us to become stronger in all of the facets of our lives and apply these strengths to realising an evolving and increasingly selfless reason for doing what we do. Learning, therefore, is about the quest towards self-awareness that fosters a sense of “Our Purpose” through curiosity and wisdom and to meet the expectation to "Know ourselves”.
- Live: Living is about answering the question “Where do I fit in?” Living well helps us to understand and respect ourselves and each other, and the language, customs, honourable traditions, rituals, and values of the people and places from which we have come and to where we are going. Living, therefore, is the search for relationship that helps us to appreciate “Our People” and “Our Place” with humility and gratitude and to meet the expectation to "Earn our place".
- Lead: Leading is about answering the question “How can I best serve others?” Leading well begins with who we are, flows into who we want to become and is demonstrated through deliberate, targeted, and intentional action that aligns vision with intention and means to direct, motivate, influence, and inspire others to achieve willingly a preferred future for us all. Leading, therefore, is about the challenge of service that helps us to locate “Our Practice” within courage and compassion and to meet the expectation to "Go on a journey from me to you to us".
- Work: Working is about answering the question “Whose am I?” Working well is about building around us a supportive network of people for and with whom our sense of belonging, potential, and propensity to that which is good and right in our lives might find a meaningful home. Working, therefore, is about the discovery of commitment that helps us to connect “Our Purpose”, “Our People”, “Our Place” and “Our Practice” through vocation and diligence and to meet the expectation to "Find our calling".