Thursday, August 4, 2011

Efficiency without effectiveness is foolishness

As Covey notes “In attempts to be efficient, we often overlook effectiveness and destroy our capability for getting the results necessary to succeed”.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People - by Steven Covey has sold more than 15 million copies.

7 Habits of High Efficient People - has not even been written.

Efficiency without effectiveness is just foolishness.

Here's a thoughtful post over at Connecting The Dots by Commander Sean Heritage that is worth your time.  Seeking Inefficiencies.  Something we should all be looking for.  Don't let being efficient make you ineffective!


Anonymous said...

A corollary to this would be the practice of confusing effort for effectiveness. We are great at measuring effort and admiring effort, when really we should be seeking effectiveness.

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

One thing that comes to mind that will affect all of us sooner than we think is the requirement of automobiles to have a 54 plus MPG efficiency in the near future. The effectiveness of these vehicles entering an interstate highway is going to be really poor, but of course the government will probably change the speed limit to around 45 MPH this time around, and, of course, this will help in increasing the MPG for all vehicles. And beside that it will be nearly impossible to get where you want to go by private vehicle in prudent time, so you can take the high speed rail system, which will help with one of the main objectives of the present administration.

You might also while you are at it appreciate the efficiency of the new laws concerning the florescent light bulbs, the effectiveness of these things and the fact that they contain some mercury which is put into the atmosphere if one breaks under normal conditions will over time create catastrophic conditions to mankind, could we classify that as effective? Children and pregnant females are warned today not to consume tuna and other predatory fish because of the mercury level they presently contain.

Very Respectfully,