In his highly acclaimed book ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ Steven R. Covey shares very powerful lessons in personal change.
- Dependence: Generally, in this first stage we are all dependent on other people. And without personal development, we would stay stuck at this stage.
- Independence: Through personal development, we develop greater independence and responsibility for our actions. However, we are not yet quite as effective as we could be.
- Interdependence: In this stage, we realize that, although we are mostly self-reliant, we need other people to accomplish our goals. So we embrace the idea of working together for better results.
“Fundamentals are the key to success. Stephen Covey is a master of them. Buy his book, but most important, use it!” ~Anthony Robbins
While I highly recommend you buy and read Stephen Covey’s book for yourself, it is my intention to summarize the most important aspects of the timeless principles in the weeks and blog posts to come, for your convenience.
As a result of applying these principles to your personal and professional life, you may expect to learn how to…
- Execute critical priorities with laser-like focus and careful planning
- Build strong, meaningful, trust-based relationships
- Gain new confidence & tools for effective change
- Effectively influence, engage, and collaborate with others
- Preserve and enhance the greatest asset you have—You
So let’s get started with an overview of the 7 habits, what they mean and which principles are addressed:
#1: Be proactive
Assume responsibility, focus and act on what can be controlled and influenced, instead of what can’t
Principles of Personal Vision
#2: Begin with the end in mind
Define clear measures of success and a plan to achieve them
Principles of Personal Leadership
#3: Put first things first
Prioritize and achieve your most important goals, instead of constantly reacting to urgencies
Principles of Personal Management
#4 = Think win/win
Collaborate more effectively with others by building high-trust relationships of mutual benefit
Principles of Interpersonal Leadership
#5 = Seek first to understand, then to be understood
Influence others by developing a deep understanding of their needs and perspectives
Principles of Empathic Communication
#6 = Synergize
Develop innovative solutions that leverage diversity and satisfy all key stakeholders
Principles of Creative Cooperation
#7 = Sharpen the saw
Increase motivation, energy, and a healthy work/life blend by making time for renewing activities
Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal
In between now and my next blog post I invite you to assess for yourself how good you already are at the 7 habits above. How would you rank yourself on a scale from 1 to 10?
Talk to you soon!