Sharpening your thinking about personal effectiveness in the workplace

In my last post, I wrote about how to organize tactical activity from a strategic role. After thinking about where I make impact in the organization, I began to think more about how I make impact in the organization.  So, the topic of this post is somewhat the  mirror image of my last post: while my last post was focused on organizational activities, this post is focused on personal activities; and while my last post was about how to find tactical outlets for strategic thought, this post is about how to organize tactical activities, strategically.

And what’s the point today? To help a person think about where s/he is most effective and/or how s/he habitually operates in an organization.

To do that, I’ve looked at three dimensions. They could be called “modality”, “thought context”, and “audience” or, alternatively, “tools you use,” “things you think about,” and “people you talk to.” The idea is to adjust the size of each sub-box to reflect the relative importance of each selection for your personal effectiveness. A more detailed explanation is below the graphic.

Tools you use: Here, the mapping choices I provide are written communications, analytics, and conversation. It’s no coincidence that the colors for the first two categories correspond to certain popular software applications that demand the associated skills.

Things you think about: In my work, I spend time thinking about the market and the organization. In other words, what others (competitors, customers, etc.) are doing, and what we are doing and can do. I’ve subdivided the organizational (or operational) part into a few categories that, again, pertain to my position.

People you talk to: This should be relatively straightforward.

Below, you’ll see my interpretation of how my own work activities can be reflected through the schematic I’ve described.

I’ll be interested to hear what you think about any of this!

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