Tag Personal Effectiveness


Being Mediocre

Being Mediocre

Let’s face it. Not all of us are going to be Steve Jobs. In fact, a lot of business owners are pretty mediocre. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, as the article 7 Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre People points out. You can be mediocre and still manage to accomplish a…

Horizon Scanning – Have you heard of it?

Horizon Scanning – Have you heard of it?

In a meeting last week the person I was talking used the term “Horizon Scanning”, I hadn’t come across this before. It has a military derivation, coming from the necessity to scan the horizon for possible threats. SWOT analysis is one of the oldest and most well known and frequently used planning tools; for anyone…

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky?

“What you have to ask yourself is, do I feel lucky. Well do you?” This is one of the most famous lines in cinema history but it has a real relevance when it comes to running a business. There are two attitudes towards the idea of luck; those who believe in it and those who…

The Agile Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto

Last Saturday I had a fantastic day running a workshop on personal effectiveness with some software developers at BSkyB. The theme was Personal Effectiveness within an Agile environment. For the uninitiated Agile is a method of working developed in the software industry. The objective is to enable software developments to be created and delivered quickly…

When you’re stuck

When you’re stuck

We all reach points when we are stuck and don’t know what to do to get moving again. The level of significance will depend on the “thing” against which we are stuck. We might be stuck because we have to choose between two competing activities, our heart is telling us to make one choice and…

Dealing with “no”

Dealing with “no”

In my post titled “I’m really busy” I said I would deal with those people who say “no”. Dealing with “no” can be one of the hardest things we have to do. It is the most negative word that we come up against and has a finality that most of us accept. Although I did…

I’m Really Busy

I’m Really Busy

I used to work in the very frenetic and pressurised world of the London media market. It was a great job, exciting, demanding and rewarding in many ways. It was here that I first came up against the “I’m really busy” syndrome. At first I thought that I must be doing something wrong because although…

Effectiveness

In my first post for TSBB I gave a definition of Effectiveness as:- The ability to be resourceful in a way that serves a market, an organisation, a boss, a team etc. Of course there is another element to the equation which is the ability to do one’s job. This might be called functional ability.…

Resourcefulness

Resourcefulness

In my first post for TSBB I gave a definition of Resourcefulness as:- The ability to find ways of dealing with the unknown, the uncertain, the unfamiliar, the unexpected and the obstacles that get in the way of your objectives. I also said that I wouldn’t be writing about “The 7 things that resourceful people…

What is Personal Effectiveness?

For most of my professional life I have been employed, by both large and small organisations, and in between these periods I have set up and run a number of small businesses. Running parallel to the actual demands of the roles I performed was an interest in understanding and identifying the patterns of behaviour that…

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