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7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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Michelle Evans

on 9 October 2013

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Transcript of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
#1 Be Proactive
The very first key to being an effective person is to take responsibility for your own life and behaviors. We should never blame circumstances for our behaviors.

Being proactive is a choice and positive people tend to be proactive in life.

Nurse example
#2 Begin with the End in Mind
Just like Dr. Sheets shared with us the example of the bus trip the first night, always begin with the end in mind: Where do you want to be at the end? Then you work backward to the details on how you will get there.

We must use our imagination and creativity to rescript what is our paradigm - our model, theory or perception.
#3 Put First Things First
This concept is learning how to prioritize tasks as Important, Urgent, Not Important, and Not Urgent.

Too many times throughout the day or week, I label everything as urgent but in reality only a few items are. What I have done is waste time on not urgent matters and thus not being effective.

Over time, by not learning how to prioritize tasks it can lead to burn-out and excessive stress.
# 4 Think Win-Win
As a society we are programed to be competitive with others, thus we can become self-centered in the desire to "win". However, in this model of an effective leader, they are more interested in a cooperative environment of all working together to met the end goal for mutual benefit in all human interactions.

So this concept is not just for the work environment, but for marriages and social interactions.
Learning to Lead, ED5353
Dr G Sheets
by Michelle Evans

# 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
This habit falls in line with the Win-Win habit, therefore this one cannot be achieved unless #4 has been achieved.

As a society, I truly feel that we talk too much and do not listen enough. An effective leader will listen to understand before giving out orders or ideas.

Example: Son

# 6 Synergize
This habit explains that the whole is greater than the parts. It emphasizes creative cooperation, which follows the previous habits.

The key to successful synergy is a high level of trust that correlates to a high level of cooperation. When both of these are in place, then with any task will have a win-win outcome,
#7 Sharpen the Saw
Balancing the physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual of YOU. By balancing these, you create that synergy of an effective leader.

Think of these four areas as key to creating the ultimate you. You must find a way to balance these key areas in order to be that effective person/leader.
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