I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about effectiveness. I’ve also been doing some reading. Some of it I haven’t finished so I’m not yet in a position to comment fully but it follows on from my post on An Approach to To-Do Lists.
Two of the things I have been reading are a set of articles produced by Microsoft on Helping Employees Use technology More Effectively at Microsoft and also a book by Rob Parsons called The Heart of Success (not the best site in the world). Like I say I’m only part way through most of it but the Rob Parsons book really gets to me because it really gets to the heart of what I feel. Let me just reiterate the 7 Law’s that he outlines as a taster:
- Don’t settle for Being Money Rich – Time Poor
- Believe that the Job You Do Makes a Difference
- Play to Your Strengths – find Your Factor X
- Believe in the Power of Dreams
- Put Your Family Before Your Career
- Keep the Common Touch
- Don’t Settle for Success: Make a Difference – Strive for Significance.
It’s the last one that really gets to me – significance. Is what I do significant. The answer is certainly – the real question is whether I connect with that significance.