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  The Secrets of Highly Efficient People 

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When someone is able to take on tasks and achieve positive results in solving problems, we would say they are being efficient. What can a person do to become more efficient?

In his new book, IESE's Pablo Maella analyzes the foundations of personal and organizational productivity through six variables.

The Six Pillars
1. Responsibility. Efficiency cannot be attained without assuming responsibility for your actions.

That said, responsibility alone does not guarantee efficiency. Even though you may be responsible for your actions, you are not entirely responsible for the results. It is up to you to provide the necessary means to achieve good results.

If things don't go as planned, be proactive and look for ways to improve the situation. It is important to recognize and not assume responsibility for negative results due to circumstances beyond your control.

2. Capability. Which is more efficient: improving your weaknesses or enhancing your strengths? The latter, according to the author.

You should look for jobs that match your capabilities, and do as much as possible to develop those skills needed for the position.

This development process involves self-discovery and reaching new heights, which, in turn, requires challenging yourself and learning from failure.

3. Self-motivation. Talent without effort is useless. Besides having the know-how, you have to want to achieve your goals.

Satisfaction should not be confused with self-motivation: There is no proof that enjoying your work ensures efficiency. When we talk about self-motivation, what we really mean is:
  • devoting the effort needed to achieve results.
  • reducing or eliminating sources of discouragement.
  • making what you do as meaningful as possible.
  • keeping a positive attitude.
  • being ambitious and embracing new challenges.
  • being tenacious and persevering.
4. Self-management. This capability is dependent on three conditions:
  • clear objectives.
  • necessary resources.
  • autonomy and decision-making control.
As such, you need to focus on understanding objectives, negotiating resources and exercising autonomy and decision-making power, insofar as you can.

5. Luck. Sometimes, circumstances beyond your control can have a positive or negative impact on outcomes. Take advantage of good fortune when it arrives, and proactively manage the consequences of misfortune.

6. Simplification. Simplifying means focusing on what is really important and, above all, being realistic.

Don't Play the Victim
As frustrating as it can be when things don't go your way, self-pity is a waste of productive energy.

Another idea that undermines efficiency is the belief that work must always be enjoyable. Rather than believing that happiness comes with the job, you should focus on doing the job that gets results, regardless of whether you feel like it or not. This is being efficient, not whether you enjoy your work or not.

You don't have to be perfect to be efficient, either. You just need to put your best foot forward and not waste energy on trying to be something you're not.
This article is based on:  La casa de la eficacia
Publisher:  Empresa Activa
Year:  2013
Language:  Spanish
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