14 de Marzo de 2019 -

I know you're busy. But… are you effective?

por Vitor Ferreira

Hello, my friend! How are you? If you're out of time or "in a rush", go to the last paragraph of this text for a fast answer.

In times of immediate responses and connection 24 hours a day, talking about long-term transformation is a risk! But… at Você Aprende Agora we believe you can (and must!) dream big, and make a daily effort to get better every day. This is our mission - seeing you speaking English and being a Leader wherever you go. "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" was written by John Maxwell in 1998, and its goal is to improve your skills as a Leader.

Last classes we talked about the first 16 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership:

1- Law of the Lid;

2- Law of Influence;

3- Law of Process;

4- Law of Navigation;

5- Law of Addition;

6- Law of Solid Ground;

7- Law of Respect;

8- Law of Intuition;

9- Law of Magnetism;

10- Law of Connection;

11- Law of Inner Circle;

12- Law of Empowerment;

13- Law of the Picture;

14- Law of Buy-in;

15- Law of Victory;

16- Law of the Big Mo.

Law n. 17 is simple and super super important, my friend. It's the Law of Priorities. "Leaders understand that activity is not necessarily accomplishment", says Maxwell on the first page on this chapter. When we're busy we naturally believe that we are achieving, and that might not be true. What should we do then?

Start thinking about our priorities. When we do it, we start thinking ahead and we know what's important (not urgent). It requires us to leave our comfort zone and start doing what's necessary. John Maxwell says that "Leadership has nothing to do with comfort and everything to do with progress". The 3 instructions provided by the author are:

1- What is required?

2- What gives the greatest return?

3- What brings the greatest reward?

If you're having the results you want, yes you've been effective. If you're doing something that's not necessary, you should eliminate it. If you're doing something that's necessary but not required of you personally, you need to delegate it. Converge importance (tasks aligned to your goals), return (things that give the best results) and reward (things that make you feel happy). Right now you're studying and this is the best investment you can make. What else are you doing to be effective? Comment here and see you next class!

1. Dib says being ___ is different from being ___.

2. Leaders must know what's ___ and what's ___.

3. Maxwell says leadership has nothing to do with ___ and everything to do with ___.

4. Unnecessary things must be ___, and leaders must get out of their ___.

5. Dib asks you to ___ about your ___.

6. Dib wants you to connect your ___.

7. Next class we'll talk about ___ to ___.

8. In the article Dib asks you to converge ___.

9. Through this class we learn that being ___ doesn't mean you're ___.

10. Are you busy now? Dib wants you to think about ___ things, not only the ___ ones.