by Laura Stack | February 18, 2016

Laura StackTo be both effective and efficient, today's leaders should abide by the following 12 effectiveness practices, which are grouped into three categories — strategic thinking, teamwork and tactical work, or "the three Ts" — reflecting the three primary areas where leaders spend time.

Strategic Thinking

Step 1: Goals
◊ Plan a path with your team.
◊  Work toward active alignment.
◊  Establish team goals and encourage the team to take ownership.

Step 2: Change
◊  Encourage innovation, helping teammates nurture and implement new ideas.
◊  Adapt mindsets around the new agile business reality.
◊  Ensure flexibility, embrace chaos and work around bureaucracy.

Step 3: Communication
◊  Communicate the mission in simple terms, in several ways, to ensure the team's thorough understanding.
◊  Promote your vision by communicating cleanly and clearly with upper management and peers.
◊  Sell cohesion and teamwork.

Step 4: Decision making
◊  Resolve indecision quickly.
◊  Emphasize collaboration and the value of teamwork.
◊  Encourage immediate implementation.


Step 5: Environment
◊  Simplify work flow and build a team culture.
◊  Guarantee receptiveness and accelerate work-
flow efficiency.
◊ Challenge your team to improve; encourage innovation, creativity and risk-taking.

Step 6. Performance
◊  Teach your team that results matter most, emphasizing substance over style.
◊  Encourage unity.
◊  Focus on success and team productivity.

Step 7. Motivation
◊ Ensure the entire team is engaged and feels ownership.
◊  Discover what motivates each individual.
◊  Maximize loyalty, treating your teammates with respect, trust and gratitude.

Step 8. Growth
◊  Stretch team abilities to continuously improve performance.
◊  Emphasize accountability.
◊  Overcome conflict, while helping teammates accept criticism.

Tactical Work

Step 9. Value
◊  Value your impact and your time highly.
◊  Eliminate time-wasters, making it easier for the team to be productive.
◊  Create stimuli to speed up processes.

Step 10. Technology
◊  Deal effectively with information overload.
◊  Pioneer new technology.
◊  Establish tight control over the technology you're using.

Step 11. Agility
◊  Stress improvement by focusing on genuine, quantifiable results.
◊  Emphasize speed and flexibility when adapting to current needs.
◊  Use learning as a way to boost ROI.

Step 12. Balance
◊  Value self-care.
◊  Maintain your personal health.
◊  Sharpen your mental acuity.

Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE, is a productivity expert, keynote speaker and author. This checklist is adapted from her book, Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time (Berrett-Koehler).