An effective organization is driven by individual strengths. The challenge unfortunately, with common distractions, conflicting priorities, unclear objectives, poor communication, and lack of trust, it’s easy to burn out and lose focus.

As a Certified Facilitator of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 3-Day Workshop I found this information very interesting from the FranklinCovey organization (Stephen Covey the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and wanted to pass it along to you.

Why Does Individual Effectiveness Matter?

FranklinCovey recently surveyed a representative sampling of more than 12,000 workers in North America to find out if people perceive an “effectiveness gap” in their organization. Here are a few of the survey questions and some telling results:

In my organization… Percentage Who Agree

1. People take the initiative to get the job done. 54%
2. We discuss tough issues candidly. 46%
3. We do not undermine each other. 37%
4. People avoid blaming others when things go wrong. 30%

In my own work… Percentage Who Agree

1. My work goals are written down. 33%
2. I take time each workday to identify and
schedule activities around our most important goals 36%
3. I plan activities that allow me to continuously
improve my performance. 34%
4. I spend (% of work time) on the most important
goals of my unit. 60%

Count the Cost of Ineffectiveness

Consider the price paid by an organization when…
1. Only half the people show initiative.
2. Fewer than half feel they can talk candidly about tough issues.
3. Only a third of the people have individual work goals.
4. Only a third plan how to use their time.
5. Only a third are thinking about how to improve their performance.
6. People spend two of every five hours on unimportant matters—other people’s issues, internal bureaucracies, hidden agendas, politics, or departmental and interpersonal conflict.