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I'm looking for a word that refers to someone who puts effort into constantly leaving things better than the way he/she found them - an interpretation of 'stewardship'.

Sample sentence: "I've been so busy solving new problems for clients daily, that I haven't had the chance to better our internal processes. This really bothers the ________ in me."

Thanks in advance!

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    What's wrong with steward? – Nathaniel is protesting Jan 13 '16 at 16:16
  • @Nathaniel I want to use it in a corporate context. Often the word 'steward' immediately conjures images of a butler or service staff, which is not what I intend. – karish10 Jan 13 '16 at 16:20
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"I've been so busy solving new problems for clients daily, that I haven't had the chance to better our internal processes. This really bothers the perfectionist in me."

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"I've been so busy solving new problems for clients daily, that I haven't had the chance to better our internal processes. This really bothers the go-getter in me."

This might sound a little narcissistic but if you feel confident about yourself you can call yourself as a go-getter.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. What I'm looking for is a word that describes someone who will never be satisfied, and constantly looks for new opportunities to improve things. Perfectionists attain a goal, and stop there. I hope this clarifies my question a little more! – karish10 Jan 13 '16 at 16:29
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    Perfectionists don't stop after attaining their goals. In an ideal world, they might. But this world is far from ideal. Thus, nothing is perfect. There's always scope for improvement and perfecting things. And that's what I assume you mean when you say "always tries to improve things". Nonetheless, I have added another straight forward word. Hope it helps. – BiscuitBoy Jan 13 '16 at 16:36
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    I'm not sure a perfectionist ever actually feels they have achieved the status they seek, karish10 ... a perfectionist is what one might call an optimistic malcontent, so +1 for perfectionist, BiscuitBoy. – user98990 Jan 13 '16 at 18:48
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I'd suggest, fine-tuner.

fine-tune: to make small changes to (something) in order to improve the way it works or to make it exactly right M-W

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You can try "improver".

This really bothers the improver in me.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/improver http://www.yourdictionary.com/improver

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