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
Today’s workplaces are full of people running in different directions. Getting busy with much activity, ending their day with little to show for it all. Lack of focus drains leader-managers’ energy, wastes team resources, and dilutes all efforts to excel and be effective.
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.
Many workplace management activities are often confused for productivity. Someone may appear to be productive when in fact they are just busy with activities, or ‘inputs’. Real effectiveness is defined by results, or outputs.