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.
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
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.
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.ANON
Courtesy costs nothing but reaps rich rewards.ANON
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
If you want good service, serve yourself.SPANISH PROVERB
Say what you mean and mean what you say.ANON
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)