Introduction: What is personal effectiveness?

‘If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.’

Elizabeth I, monarch

When I started this book I thought it would be a good idea to circulate a short questionnaire about personal effectiveness. It is such a wide subject that I hoped that asking people what it meant to them would provide focus. The replies were very interesting but also, in a sense, frustrating because it became clear that it meant different things to different people. So, before you read on, a question to ask yourself now is quite simply: ‘What does personal effectiveness mean to me?’ You might also want to think about the things you currently do to maximise your own effectiveness. Planning your day properly when you get in to work might ...

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