Effectiveness - Professional Class
Effectiveness is the skill of setting the right priorities and quickly deciding which task is the most important and most urgent. It includes the ability to delegate tasks and have enough space to focus.
What characterises mastery of this skill?
The effective employee is characterized by getting things done in time without continuous overworking (if in the right working environment). They feel comfortable in trusting their team and colleagues to do their delegated work correctly. Setting priorities and giving clear instructions as well as taking and giving feedback comes naturally for them. Because they decide quickly and reassess priorities regularly, procrastination or poor use of time is unlikely.
What characterises a lack of this skill?
A lack of effectiveness at the workplace can often be observed in junior employees struggling to say “no” to favors and tasks they are actually not responsible for. More experienced employees might reveal their lack of Effectiveness by having difficulties in task delegation. Both senior and junior workers might feel overwhelmed and complain about having too many different things to do. Without realising it, they might prefer to do things themselves or stick to micromanagement. Another tendency might be to fixate on one task, because they struggle to decide what else could be more important. A lack of effectiveness can cause overworking and in the end huge exhaustion or burnout.
The end result of an absence of efficiency isn’t just inefficiency, it’s regret. In order to work through the never-ending to-do list and juggle the multiple demands of others, we have to sort the urgent tasks from the merely important and make a habit of being efficient.
In this class, we will:
• Consider what makes getting things done difficult, including emotional and psychological barriers
• Learn specific ways to adapt our approach to the task at hand
• Look at strategies to prioritise tasks and make realistic, more effective plans of action
• Discuss habits and techniques which can help us to beat procrastination, take tactical 'shortcuts' and reassess our overall aims
• Learn how to make the most of feedback in order to become more effective