#26 The effectiveness win

Hello friends,

The world is in full-on holiday mode. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy it in the coming weeks. As it relates to work and staying productive, this time of year brings interesting challenges. It seems for the entire month of December, my calendar is taken hostage by others. There are end-of-year meetings, parties, meals, etc. that get put on my calendar daily. Am I the only one who feels this way?

Speaking of staying productive, I've been reading What's Best Next. I'm only several chapters in, but one premise of the book has revived in me one of Peter Drucker's core ideas, that being productive is being effective, not efficient. I believe Drucker has a quote that says something like:

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

I don't take this to mean efficiency has no value. It does. However, if you're not working the right stuff, does it matter how efficient you are? Maybe efficiency is a byproduct of continual improvement as we discussed in NFTF #24?

How do you define and value efficiency and effectiveness?

As I get into more of the book, I'll share any key takeaways.

Until next time.


- David

P.S. John Lewis' treats Christmas advertising like it's the Super Bowl. This year's #Bustertheboxer is stellar.
P.P.S. FORMcards look fantastically useful.
P.P.P.S. Sing Street was so good.

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