One of the blessings of working in the same church for 17 years is I can see where I made a difference in my church and were I have fallen short. I have many times operated in an environment where the lack of organizational clarity lead me down a path that wasn’t helpful. I have also contributed to the lack of organizational clarity for others. For years I had a very narrow understanding of what my job was. I felt that it was to create fun places for kids and teens to learn. That is a part of my job a very small part.
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.
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.
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.