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Was 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' By Stephen Covey before your time?
3-minute skinny on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."
The problem with management classics like this book is that all the material is used, recycled, and rewritten by others, so non of the content will seem new to you.
But the main themes are eternal and worth a recap, and Covey emphasizes the importance of character, integrity, and a value-based approach to leadership. The book focuses on the principles and habits that, when practiced, lead to personal and professional success. There are seven of them🙂. Here they are :
Be Proactive: By being proactive, you acknowledge that you are in control of your life and can choose how to respond to any situation. This habit encourages you to focus on your circle of influence, things you can control, rather than your circle of concern—things you cannot control.
Begin with the end in mind: This habit urges you to create a personal mission statement and set clear goals that reflect your values and priorities. By knowing where you want to be, you can make informed decisions that lead you closer to your ultimate destination.
Put First Things First: Focus on what's truly important and dedicate your time and energy to those tasks rather than getting caught up in urgent but less significant matters.
Think Win-Win: This habit promotes a spirit of cooperation, fostering trust and collaboration among team members and within organizations. Adopting a win-win mindset means seeking outcomes that benefit all parties involved.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood. You create an environment of trust and open communication by genuinely listening to others and seeking to understand their perspective. This enables you to express your ideas more persuasively and navigate conflicts more easily.
Synergize: Remarkable results can come from diverse teams.
Sharpen the Saw: Energy and resilience come from a regular 'top up' of four dimensions: physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual. Without these, you won’t be balanced and you won’t sustain your outcomes.
For your team?
Lead by example. By adopting the principles outlined in the book, you can foster a culture of trust, collaboration, and continuous improvement within your organization. Additionally, the habits promote personal growth and self-awareness, empowering you to lead by example and inspire your team to achieve their best.
You can use these as challenge markers for your teams to use to balance and check towards high performance.
Take it further?
"Seek first to understand, then to be understood."
Here are two fast web resources you could use, chosen by me for effectiveness and brevity
Video: "The 7 Habits of highly effective people - by Stephen Covey | Animated Book Summary | Between The Lines" (7 Mins)
Podcast : -"Quick Book Summary: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (14 mins)
I know you are time-poor - that's why I write 3 Minute Skinnies on great books. Each summary takes no more than three minutes to read or listen to (get the substack app for a listening option) and includes great quotes, and gives you some next actionable steps if you want to take it further, and ChatGPT does NOT generate it 🙂
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