Type the term “effective” into Google and your search produces 533 million results in 0.38 seconds. It seems everyone has an idea of what effective means. That’s the problem. Over my 35-years as a management consultant and business coach to some of the world’s most successful organizations. I have witnessed many leaders struggle with a workable definition of what it means to be effective in their jobs. For my money there is only one definition that counts.
December is often a time of taking stock of the year that was, and preparing for the year to come. So, this year’s December theme of reflection is on Effectiveness.
It’s a word that makes its way on to many a professional growth list, agendas and plans for improvement – from employees to organizations. What may feel elusive to many, and second nature to some, is in fact a
For some reason, and maybe because it makes for juicy storytelling, it’s always the worst managers we remember most vividly. We share the lessons we learn from their failings. And we pledge to NEVER follow in their footsteps when we get to be in their shoes.
Let’s talk about the practical ways that you can make your workplace a little more enjoyable and a little less of a Stephen King movie.
In my career working for and consulting to many different companies, I learned that the biggest obstacle to positive change is creating good sustainable habits.
Action plans, sweating the details – ensuring work gets done – are important and help keep us on course. Without them, it’s easy for top performers to lapse into average ones.
It’s August, you’re a Leader-Manager, and summer is flying by at its usual brisk clip. Time to get moving, fast – it’s almost too late to be starting the planning process.
The concept of lean has been successfully imported from lean manufacturing into many sectors and industries. So, why not into executive management?
Traditional performance reviews have moved far off the mark in growing, engaging and retaining talent.
Effectiveness is a term largely misrepresented, and hence misunderstood. Take the “busy” professional - they look good, work long hours, deliver fast. These are well-valued traits by any organization.