Although we tend to think of steps in a process as
linear, where we move from one step or stage to the next,
the stages of effectiveness are actually progressive,
rather than linear, each building upon the previous one.
Those who have properly developed and implemented the
characteristics of effectiveness never actually leave the
first stage of the process. In fact, each stage acts as a
foundation for the next. Like building a pyramid, each
stage relies on the previous one to support it, until the
pinnacle achievement of excellence resides at the top.
People who are effective will always be actively engaged
in the beginning stages of the process. Those who are
most effective find that they are simultaneously engaged
in more of the stages, all of the time. This continues
until they have ultimately mastered themselves
sufficiently to achieve excellence (be at the top) on a
Of course, true effectiveness requires the ability to
make adjustments at any point in the process. Sometimes
we may find that weve tried to build upward too
fast and must return to a lower level to make our
foundation more solid. As we move from role to role
attempting to fulfill our various stewardships and
achieve the several goals we've set in our lives, we are
constantly building, reinforcing, and planning new
building blocks to be used in the effectiveness process.
Then, once weve finished a particular structure,
with its crowning achievement at the top, it becomes a
building block for an even bigger, grander, and more
elaborate quest for achievement.
Focus Persevere Achieve
through three in the effectiveness process are the most
intellectually demanding, while steps five through seven
require the greatest amount of stamina and energy. Step
four, however, is the most crucial part in the
effectiveness process, because it is the most emotional.
This is the point where we are required to look deep into
ourselves to discover our most intrinsic values,
motivators, and goals. It is the point where we often
have to re-evaluate what those values, motivators, and
goals really areor should beand either make
adjustments or renew our commitment to them and implement
them more fully.
Step four (choice) is central to the effectiveness
process. Not only because it is the middle step; but
also, because it tends to be the stage where we either
embrace or abandon the quest. People who are truly
effective not only make decisions more frequently and
confidently, they also cherish their right to do so and
will defend it vehemently. Those who lack effectiveness,
on the other hand, find they would rather have someone
else make decisions for them and just tell them what to
do. Effectiveness, therefore, is not only the means to
successit is the vital essence of leadership.
Since leadership skills are not only necessary for
guiding and governing others, but are also required for
self-governance (or self-mastery), understanding the
principles of The Effectiveness Process and
infusing them into everyday living is a primary focus of Interpersonal
& Professional Effectiveness Coaching.
Special emphasis is also given to empowering people to
recognize and take full advantage of opportunities to
make personal choices while allowing and encouraging
others to do so, as well.
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