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Individual, team & Organisational Effectiveness

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We share the latest research and insights about what contributes to, enhances or derails individual, team and organisational effectiveness in these posts.

We welcome questions, suggestions and posts from our customers and community  to contintuously extend our understanding of effectiveness.

Organisational and team effectiveness starts at the individual level

on Thursday, 21 November 2013. Posted in Individual Effectiveness

ODR Community BlogIndividuals live and work within systems of dynamically inter related elements that govern and impact their lives including friends and families, career and leisure , health, well-being and spirituality, financial and community.   These internal and external environmental elements affect an individual's ability to be effective.  As does a team or an organisation's internal and external contingencies determine the best course to navigate and the best utilisation of resources.   

Misunderstandings cost time and money

on Thursday, 21 November 2013. Posted in Team Effectiveness

DisagreeLearning how to avoid misunderstanding and teaching others to avoid it goes right to the bottom line. Here are some of the time and money wasters created by misunderstandings;

When work has to be repeated a second and third time.

When projects go over time and budget because the scope was not well understood.

When the message delivered in important meetings in misconstrued and attendees do their own and sometimes unaligned thing.

When employees misunderstand their role requirements and do other than what contributes to objectives.

Misunderstanding the client / customer requirements and potentially losing them.

Make time to be effective: A core skill in any work environment

on Tuesday, 24 December 2013. Posted in Individual Effectiveness

Productive individuals don’t ignore time management

“I’m just very busy and I could better manage my time if I just had some time to get organised! “

Time for success webThe most successful people on the planet have only the same 24 hours a day as we do.   So how do they make their time so much more productive?

When so many of us have done the basic time management course, where do we fall down?

To be fully effective we need to allocate time to identify those factors critical to our success and plan for ensuring what is critical gets done. For example, we all know exercise is critical to our health and wellbeing and most of us would be aware that it improves our mental functioning including speed and decision making. Incorporating exercise into our lives is one of the critical factors that when it gets done improves performance on so many levels.  

Optimise Your Personal Effectiveness

on Friday, 09 October 2015. Posted in Individual Effectiveness

Personal EffectivenessYour personal effectiveness is a critical success factor in achieving whatever you do in life.  From your career, your family, sports, right through to your personal relationships, your ability to make the most of your available time, effort and resources determines how engaged and satisfied you feel in life.

So how often do you give attention to the What, Why, When, How, Where and Who of importance to your personal thriving?  What is missing for you that prevents you from really flourishing?

I'm not asking about the 10,000 hours required to achieve mastery, or skills like time management so you work smarter not harder, nor managing your career,  or your impact and influence.  All of which are important to your success.  I'm asking about targeting your own sense of how you are achieving your personal goals and objectives - your personal effectiveness.   Without a direct link from the skills you learn to your personal goals and objectives, you may only put the skills you learn into partial use or only for a short while.  Among those things critical for consolidating a skill or learning so that you are effective at it,  are your;

  • Readiness:  What you are motivated to do which is linked to what gives your life meaning and engagement.
  • Attention:  The time and effort you apply to repeating the skill and the cues to exercise the skill available to you in your environment including your emotional and relational well-being.
  • Elaboration:  Being able to link to important and relevant constructs you already hold in your mind or what you have chosen to encode in a meaningful way.

I've long held a fascination for human potential or what it takes to be a high achiever and a consistent thread among the research is not the talent one is born with but what we do with the talent we've acquired.  Often what differentiates high performers from the rest of us mere mortals it the personal and attentional resources they apply to their field.  

So what stops us from taking a profound interest in our own personal effectiveness. As discussed in a previous post, the field of positive psychology has shone a flood light on what makes for human flourishing.  Studies continue to show that when we use Positive Relationships and Emotions, together with Meaning and Achiivement (PERMA) as a gauge to sense our personal progress and effectiveness, we find the vitality, direction, what we value and emotional coherence we want from life.  Yet, every day we choose to lose ourselves in matters that don't really matter so much as our alignment with what is important to our very core.  

On the surface, “personal effectiveness” may appear to be a “catch-all” term for anything that an individual can do to be better, stronger, smarter, and more effective!   However personal effectiveness is a mix of what your environment will support and whether you have acquired a set of core life competencies or mix of knowledge, skills and attitudes.   Personal effectiveness can be learned regardless of our status, job, education or professional background .  It’s essential for all of life’s roles; as a member of a family, community and the society in which you live.

Here are some tips and strategies for optimising your personal effectiveness.

Innovation in challenging times

on Thursday, 21 November 2013. Posted in Organisational Effectiveness

Innovation in challenging times

Each one of us is a powerhouse of ideas with our brains feeding us 3 to 4 new ideas for more effective and efficient ways to live, work and play every day.  However, most of us have constructed mental filters about the barriers that stifle and prevent ideas from being heard and taken up. 

In challenging times, the question of how to deconstruct these filters to enable idea generation and transform an ordinary person into a Picasso or a da Vinci is particularly pertinent.  Ironically, in times when we need to do more with less, we need to make time to deconstruct the barriers so that we unlock the creative power of our people to find the efficiencies and the next potential best seller.