Personal Skills and Effectiveness Cartoon
On the surface, “personal effectiveness” sounds like a “catch-all” term for anything that an individual can do to be better, stronger, smarter, and more effective! And in some ways, this is quite true. However, the personal “excellence” author Stephen Covey has developed a much richer definition when he states:
This quotation, drawn from Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” presents an interesting definition of “personal effectiveness.” It suggests that our personal effectiveness is the foundation upon which other skills, abilities, and competencies are developed.
If you are not personally effective first (or put another way if you don’t believe in yourself) you may be developing skills, abilities, and competencies on a “bed of sand.” We therefore need to spend quality time in thinking about the beliefs that we hold, the values and attitudes that have shaped us to date (and the extent to which these may need to change) and the personal goals that we have for ourselves – ultimately to ensure that these provide a solid foundation upon which we can build.