There is a BIG difference between getting things done and feeling great about the outcome. Instead of judging ourselves in terms of how many things we got done, perhaps we can become more effective by asking ourselves how much was done with intent and presence of mind… Think about the great connections you made today, how many bursts of laughter you evoked, or how many times you successfully put out fires. What great idea did you propose that changed someone’s life today? Which actions did you take today that might bear amazing results tomorrow?
The effective woman realizes that there are more important things to accomplish than just accomplishing things.
- Effective women know to consider all angles of a situation before answering questions; only after careful consideration and when completely ready, they speak confidently and make sensible and firm decisions.
- Effective women know that competition is healthy, but teamwork is more strategic. Daring to create something “different” is better than becoming stagnant with something that stays the same without improvement.
- Effective women are capable of being accepting and compassionate, and being demanding and displeased, often in the same breath.
- Effective women are teachers, mentors and students of life. They learn more from each other than from technique, and more from work ethic than from procedure.
- Effective women learn how to finesse, how to influence, and how to manipulate because they are constant observers.
- Effective women might be afraid, but they are brave. They stretch their limits by risking failure and pursuing areas they lack experience in. They always trudge forward declaring, “Yes I can.”
- The effective woman seeks more than a negotiation win. Ever deliberating and astute, she seeks a “win-win-win” wherever she can find it.
- Effective women are as genuine and forthcoming with compliments as they are with critiques, even when they’re jealous or even when it hurts.
- Effective women know that time is a commodity and not to recreate the wheel. If it’s been done before they’ll strive to improve on it.
- 10. An effective woman practices the kind of focus and presence of mind that engages people to talk to her with complete certainty that she’s really listening.
Being an effective woman is much more than accomplishing a purpose or getting things done. It’s about accomplishing that purpose to the best of your ability while feeling good about it and learning how to do it better the next time around.
So after all is said and done, would you call yourself an “effective woman”?