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Robin Kretzschmar

Right now I am re-reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey.

I read it in german but linked the english version for all non-german readers.
In german it's called "Die 7 Wege zur Effektivität".

What I really like about this book is that he explains the difference between effectiveness and efficiency!
After reading this in the book and the examples he gives, I tend to ask people if they know the difference and if they can explain it.
Frighteningly, everyone knows the words, but not their meaning and the difference.

Efficiency is doing things right.
Effectiveness is doing the right things.

Let that sink...

You can drive with 400 km/h to berlin (efficient, because you will reach your destination fast), but it would be effective to drive to frankfurt because you need to be in frankfurt and not in berlin!

You can make this example with any given destinations, this points out the meaning of the words very well!