Difficult question to answer, as effectiveness is all about ’practices’ that yield results. We can’t measure a practice and can only measure results. However, it is critical to understand the practices which will make people more effective.
Peter Drucker (World’s greatest management guru) gives the five practices of effectiveness which are simple yet powerful. Check your effectiveness:
- Effective people know where they spend their time. If you do not know where your time goes, start tracking and if you find that most of your time is spent on activities that does not align with the results you are expected to deliver, then you are not being effective.
- Effective people focus on results. They gear their efforts to results rather than to work. They measure results and not efforts.
- Effective people build on strengths– their own strength, strength of their colleagues, subordinates and on the situation. They are realistic and they don’t start with things they cannot do.
- Effective people focus on few major areas where superior performance will yield outstanding results. They don’t work on too many things at the same time, they work based on prioritization and goals. They ensure to give give thier best on the few things they work.
- Effective people make effective decisions. They don’t rush on decisions or go by consensus or beliefs of people. But make structured decisions based on facts and taking right steps in the right sequence. They make decisions, which are strategic rather than based on instances.