June 4, 2006

A Powerful Thought

Posted by Bizaholic | 10:45 PM | with 1 comments »

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

- Peter Drucker
This is one powerful thought that should be engraved on the desk of every manager. If all managers could assimilate this wisdom, then a lot of effectiveness will suddenly appear in the affairs of businesses. Too often – and I mean it – managers are struck in doing things efficiently that should not be done at all. It’s often like – I am thirsty and instead of having water I am meticulously eating with all the table manners in place. What’s the use of doing something meticulously and efficiently if it is not required? Efficiency without effectiveness is useless.

One of the reasons for wastage of managerial time and resulting frustrations is the way many managers do unnecessary things with extreme efficiency. If the managers develop the ability to differentiate what is necessary and what is unnecessary then productivity of managers as well as the organizations will improve steeply. And in the process, both efficiency and effectiveness will improve.

Managers who stand out from the crowd are the ones who master the delicate art of balancing effectiveness with efficiency.


  1. TV // June 14, 2006 at 1:12 AM  

    Really powerful quote from Drucker