Effectiveness is defined here as 'having/getting some effects.' The implicit but obvious assumption is that these are the effects you desire.
I break down the whole issue of personal effectiveness into four key areas.
- Am I doing the right things? How do I know what are the right things for me at this time in this situation? Do I do this first or after this or after that?
Such questions can entail tremendous consequences.
e.g. Shall I invade Russia?
Shall I attack Leningrad, Moscow, Stalingrad as well as Caucasian oil fields --- all at the same time?
Shall I pass Health Care reform bills or create jobs for Americans, which one for the next six months?
Shall I dominate the market first or just release buggy Windows?
Should I acquire Sun Microsystems or Oracle?
Or the consequences may be trivially small:
e.g. Shall I learn Ruby or Python?
Shall I get my hair cut now or tomorrow? Silly?
- Once we know the right things to do for you now,
How can I do this faster?
- How can I do this cheaper, using less time, less money, less effort, fewer resources etc?
- How can I do this better, that is, for better quality? Fewer defects? Higher reliability?
I wont throw at you - Six Sigma jargons, Lean jargons or TPS jargons.
Thank you. I am polite and won't waste your time.