I know this might not be news for anyone in this forum but Drucker's The Effective Executive is gold. Solid gold, page after page.
The wisdom I'm reflecting on this morning (after a particularly rough day at work yesterday) is from chapter 1. "Effectiveness, in other words, is a habit; a complex of practices. And practices can always be learned...But practices are always exceedingly hard to do well. They have to be acquired...Practices one learns by practicing and practicing and practicing again." It's underlined in my copy now.
I've been listening to the podcasts for over a year now and am learning (and applying, as best I can, what I'm learning). This passage from Drucker reminds me that just because I'm putting in tons of time and effort doesn't mean I'm actually succeeding yet. I'm improving. I'm being consistent. I'm practicing. But I've got a long way to go before I should expect others to notice a difference, let alone appreciate it.
The practicing is actually a key part of the work itself, regardless of one's field.
Thank you Manager Tools for pointing me to Drucker and for the dozens of podcasts that are making my work life manageable.
I woke up this morning thinking I'd post a question to the forum but, after some reading and reflection, I know I just need to keep on keepin' on. Practice, practice, practice. And start recognizing that as a reward on its own.