Selected by Zeeshan Ahmed Khan

Sep 19 - 25, 2005


Record time and eliminate time wasters

"All one has to do is to learn to say 'no' if an activity contributes nothing."

The first step toward executive effectiveness is to record actual time-use. There are executives who keep such a time log themselves. Others have their secretaries do it for them. The important thing is that it gets done, and that the record is made in "real" time. A good many effective executives keep such a log continuously and look at it regularly every month. After each such sample, they rethink and rework their schedule. First one tries to identify and eliminate the things that need not be done at all, the things that are purely a waste of time without any results whatever. To find these time wasters, one asks of all activities in the time records: "What would happen if this were not done at all?" And if the answer is, "Nothing would happen," then obviously the conclusion is to stop doing it.

ACTION POINT: Create a time log of your activities. Eliminate those activities that are time wasters.

The Effective Executives

Practices of effective executives

"All that effective executives have in common is the ability to get the right thing done."

The effective executive I have seen differ widely in their temperaments and abilities, in what they do and how they do it in their personalities, their knowledge, their interests - in fact, in almost everything that distinguish human beings. But all effective executives I've know perform only necessary tasks and eliminate unnecessary ones.

Five practices have to be acquired to be effective. Effective executives know where their time goes. They work systematically at managing the letter of their time that can be brought under their control. Effective executives focus on outward contributions. Effective executives build on their strengths - their and others. They do not build on weaknesses. Effective executives concentrate on superior performance where superior performance will produce outstanding results. They force themselves to stay within priorities. Effective executives make effective decisions. They know that this is a system - the right step in the right sequence. They know that to make decisions fast is to make the wrong decisions. Whenever I've found a person who - no matter how great in intelligence, industry, imaginations, or knowledge - fails to observe these practices, I've also found an executive deficient in effectiveness.

ACTION POINT: Commit these five tasks to memory and practice them: know where your time goes; focus on outward contribution; build on strength; concentrate on superior performance; and make effective decisions.

The Effective Executives.


Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
HENRY LONGFELLOW (1807-82), American poet.

Change for change's sake is not progress.

Courtesy costs nothing but reaps rich rewards.

The greater man, the greater courtesy.
ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON (1809-92), American poet.

Yesterday seniority signified status. Today creativity drives status.
DENIS WAITLEY, American personal development counselor, lecturer and author.

I am a perfectionist, and that brings self-imposed pressures, expectations - and those expectations are landmines.
CRAIG WARREN, Australian Professional golfer.

The noblest service comes from nameless hands, and the best servant does his work unseen.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES SNR, American physician, poet and author.

If you want good service, serve yourself.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, American statesman and 16th President of the United States of America(1861-65)