In this chapter Drucker explains the one thing that is universal is time. He says it is a scarce resource unless we mange it. The result of not managing it is nothing else in our life can be managed. We as leaders, parents and pastors have to figure out how much time we have so that we do in the time we have what really matters in this life and the next.
Everything requires time. It is the one truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.
Drucker, Peter F. The Effective Executive HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
This question gets asked more than many questions because people want to know how well they are doing. I don’t care if you are a CEO of a fortune 500 company or a stay at home mom each of us desires to know if we are being effective. I recently re-read a book called “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker. Drucker opens the book by defining what effectiveness is. He says effectiveness is not doing things right it is the ability to get the right things done.
He explains that effectiveness is not a secret to be discovered it is rather a habit to be formed. I thought I would do a few posts breaking down some of the big thoughts around the 5 practices that Drucker says effective people practice.
Those 5 habits of the mind are:
1. Effective executives know where their time goes.
2. Effective executives focus on outward contribution they gear their efforts to results rather than to work3. Effective executives build on their strengths
4. Effective executives concentrate on the few major areas where superior performance will produce outstanding results.
5. Effective executives make effective decisions.
The debate over family ministry has been alive and well over the past 10 years and for that I am grateful. One of the things I was not aware of is how Dad’s were removed from being the primary spiritual leaders of their homes through the industrial revolution. Up to that point there was no separation of duties within the family. The husband and wife were partners in both the economics of their home as well as the more domestic duties of child rearing with in the home. What’s crazy is the church let it happen.
When something touching an idol in our lives the three most common reactions are anger, fear and despair. It’s sadly ironic that the reactions that we get from having an idol in our life be threatened that we respond in anger, fear and despair which each drive us deeper into our idolatrous behavior.
I came across this article on Facebook “Can a Christian drink alcohol?” It did a fine job of warning people of the very real dangers of alcohol. It’s important people need to hear those dangers loud and clear. Alcohol when abused causes much pain. My grandfather was an alcoholic and was apart of AA his whole life. I understand.
The problem with the debate of alcohol is every person I have heard preach against it has stopped short of the real problem alcohol represents. In stopping short they make alcohol out to be evil when there is nothing in scripture or in 2000 years of church writing that would show alcohol as evil. Alcohol is not evil the abuse of it is. The inordinate reliance on it is. Alcohol does not ruin marriages as the author of the above link purports. It’s something far more sinister that ruins marriages. Just talking about the negative side effects of alcohol as he does isn’t even intellectually honest.