Getting better is a personal choice. We can choose to improve ourselves, either personally or professionally, along several domains: intellectual, physical, or emotional-spiritual.
Two elements determine our success in affecting better futures for ourselves:
1) Will - Do we have the strong sense of need for a change in status and the drive to put processes in place to make that change?
2) Ability - Do we have the moxie, the skills, the discipline, the capabilities to actually make the changes we deem important to make?
Almost every human on the planet has the Ability piece in their skill set. The most frequent barrier, however, to personal/professional improvement comes in the area of Will.
These same two dynamics are fundamental to organizational improvement. Wise leaders attend carefully to both aspects - Will and Ability - if they hope to foster a culture of continuous improvement.
But, oh, when they do!!!!
When is it too late to start getting better? When we're dead.
When is the best time to start? Now.