If you want to make a big impact you need a personal effectiveness system that is way better than the average.
Have you noticed how some people achieve so much more than others, despite starting in very similar places?
I'm thinking of Claire and Caroline (editor: names changed!), two people who tried to start similar projects here in Paris. Caroline's project grew rapidly, whereas Claire's never really got off the ground. Caroline was able to step back and delegate after a while, whereas Claire is still trying to do all the heavy lifting herself.
I'm thinking of Steven and Carl (again, names changed), two consultants in my firm who joined at the same time with very similar education and experience, and yet who had very different career paths. One plateau'd early on, the other rose rapidly through the ranks.
The difference? I noticed it was in the different ways these people went about organising their work, the different goals they set, and the different ways they structured their time.
So... if you want to make an impact and get big things accomplished, you need to keep growing in the art of personal effectiveness. It's an essential journey for all of us.
And as it's the goal of Purposeful People to help you live a life of impact and purpose, I'm very excited about this special series on personal effectiveness.
Too much talk about productivity focuses on tools and tactics, with the result is we try different approaches but nothing seems to stick. So in this series I am going to take a different approach and start with proven principles that, once internalised, can allow you to build a personal effectiveness system that is truly optimised for you.
Introducing the Effectiveness Engine
In my 20 years of consulting work, I have identified a chain that effectively links our deepest values and aspirations to our day-by-day and minute-by-minute work. I call it the Effectiveness Engine and it is present, explicitly or implicitly, in all high performers.