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How can I contribute to your success?

Peter Drucker, in his book, The Effective Executive, describes the effective executive as one who “focuses on contribution” in that he/she asks,

What can I contribute that will significantly affect the performance and the results of the institution that I serve?

Answer this honestly (but admit it to none but yourself): Do you focus downward on increasing your power base, growing your popularity in your field, or on the other things that you “do” during the day?

Or, do you do as Drucker suggests and ask, “What can I contribute?” to the success of those around you?

I dare say that we would all get more done by examining ourselves and focusing outwards and on how we can contribute to the larger picture.