April 5, 2015

What can I contribute?


Continuously published since 1966, Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive lays out five principles that lend any executive the ability to “get the right things done.”

The language is from a different age but the message still rings in crystal tones.

Chapter three, What can I contribute?, says effective executives focus on contribution.

The man who focuses on efforts and who stresses his downward authority is a subordinate no matter how exalted his title and rank. But the man who focuses on contribution and who takes responsibility for results, not matter how junior, is in the most literal sense of the phrase, “top management.” He holds himself accountable for the performance of the whole.

Druker’s message: Take responsibility and focus on results rather than efforts.

Skippy Strategy: Instead of identifying with your authority, like the department or division you manage, start your thought process, “Our team contributes …”, or “We are responsible for …”.