Personal Job Effectiveness

Job effectiveness is getting the right things done.

Performing one’s job responsibilities effectively requires an understanding of five organizational practices:

  1. Effectively  Managing One’s Time
  2. Focusing on the Contribution One is to Make in the Job
  3. Focusing on the Future
  4. Making Effective Decisions
  5. Staffing the Organization for Strength

Within the work environment people increase their effectiveness as they attempt to gain a greater insight into their own personal job abilities as well as the abilities of those with whom they work.

The message is simple- effectiveness can and must be learned!  However, it will not come by itself.

Many people of high knowledge, intelligence, and attitudes are not effective.  This is so because natural ability becomes effective only through systematic work.

Every organization has its own realities.  This means is that unless the individual within it pursues being effective, the organization realities will push them in the opposite direction for these reasons:

  1. Their time belongs to everyone else,
  2. They are forced to “operate” rather than “manage”
  3. They have no direct control over the people most important to them
  4. They cannot effectively see “outside” the organization where the results are

Effective organizations cannot be  built simply by raising standards for abilities or hoping for the universally gifted person. The only logical alternative to the scarcity of universally gifted people is to make better use of the people presently within the organization. This can be done by identifying each person’s unique strengths and then allowing those strengths to be effectively utilized. These are important principles since the net effect of aggregate individual strengths becomes the total strength of the organization.

Regardless their occupation or organizational level, the effective person is the who deploys proven practices which will make their personal strengths more effective:

  • They know where their time goes
  • They  focus on outward contribution
  • They  build on strengths
  • They concentrate on the few major areas where superior performance will produce outstanding results
  • They make effective decisions

Effectiveness therefore is a complex of practices which must be learned.  Although simple, they many times can be exceedingly  difficult to do well. Key to everything however is the fact that  even though intelligence, imagination, and knowledge are essential resources, it is only through effectiveness that they are converted into results.