“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” —Stephen Covey

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Positive Quote: “Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” —Stephen Covey

 

I tend to focus on the word effective when I read the above quote. I think I do this because there can be ineffective leadership and management.

 

I take time each week to contemplate the prior week and I ask myself if I did anything ineffectively, or if I may have mis-communicated or given the wrong impression. I don’t have all the answers and so I also periodically seek feedback from my team on how I am doing. It could be as simple as a casual conversation where I ask directly, if there is something I need to stop or start doing. At first, I don’t get a lot of answers, however with time; you would be surprised how they trickle in.

 

The quote also reminds me of a book I read called Execution by Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy. In a nutshell, it focuses on executing the ideas, the strategies, and the solutions. It mentions that without execution, the best idea in the world has no value.

 

What do you think?

 

Here’s to all of us effectively doing what we set out to do and enjoy this beautiful Tuesday morning.

 

On a side note, I am going to my first Cardinal baseball game with the family. I hope the weather cools down tonight. I know I’ll have a blast.

 

Priscilla

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