Monday, July 28, 2008

Effort vs. Result

I've realized that there are two kinds of people in the world.

Those who prefer to talk in terms of efforts and those who like to talk about results.

So you will get the politician, or the manager, or some other worker, who talks endlessly aboutthe number of hours put in, the number of meetings attended, the number of presentations made and so on. But they will rarely talk about what they actually achieved.

Then there is the rarer breed that talks very little about the effort and focuses instead on the results. So you'll hear them talking about targets met, profits realized, development work completed, missions accomplished.

As a manager, your main job is to hire the second type of person. If you can find him, hire him and retain him, you don't have to worry much about managing him.


  1. Very True and this reminds me of a quote by a wise man (Since I can't remember the name) "Those who can, do and those who can't, teach"

  2. Hmmm, can't say I agree with you completely Rafiq - teachers are a different breed altogether and I wouldn't under-estimate what they do. I was talking more about people in the workplace or in politics who tend to equate effort with the end-result.

  3. Anonymous6:50 AM

    First kind of people are trying to prove their own worth ( to the world and to themselves ) and second kind of people do not feel the need to prove themselves, rather they are trying to prove the worth of the project at hand. We definitely need more of the second type.

  4. I believe that both types are essential to this world. Just like not everyone can be an entrepreneur or a slave to one, and not everyone can be result savvy or effort accountant. Everyone has a specialty in oneself. Its more like ORANGES AND APPLES, you need them all to actually ve a good fruit salad!

  5. True to the extent of Nth Degree, Earlier type will have excuses in his pocket while later one believes in success. Excuse & Success cant stand together, thus defines a clear line between both the kinds