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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Updated 2009-02-04 22:01

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

From the book by Stephen R Covey (ISBN=0-7432-6951-9)


1 - Be ProactiveTake responsibility for every aspect of your life.
1 - Be ProactiveBetween stimulus and response, we have the power of free will to choose our response.
1 - Be ProactiveDetach and reflect so you are not just driven by your circumstances.
1 - Be ProactiveAvoid blaming others and circumstances for obstacles and problems.
1 - Be ProactiveFocus on your "Circle of Influence" rather than your "Circle of Concern".
2 - Begin with the End in MindSet long-term goals based on "true north" principles.
2 - Begin with the End in MindMake a "personal mission statement".
2 - Begin with the End in MindAs a team, develop an organizational vision statement.
3 - Put First Things FirstSort tasks into important vs. non-important ones.
3 - Put First Things FirstSort tasks into urgent vs. non-urgent ones.
3 - Put First Things FirstMake time to do the important but non-urgent tasks.
3 - Put First Things FirstDelegation is a key part of time management.
3 - Put First Things FirstFor successful delegation, agree on results and benchmarks in advance rather than prescribing detailed work plans.
3 - Put First Things FirstLive, Love, Learn, and Leave a Legacy.


4 - Think Win/WinSeek mutually beneficial solutions.
4 - Think Win/WinShow integrity: stick with your true feelings, values, and commitments.
4 - Think Win/WinShow maturity: express your ideas and feelings with courage and consideration for the ideas and feelings of others.
4 - Think Win/WinHave an "Abundance Mentality" in which there is plenty for everyone and life is not just a Zero Sum Game.
5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to be UnderstoodListen a lot before talking.
6 - SynergizeValue Differences.
6 - SynergizeLeverage creative collaboration.
6 - Synergize"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
7 - Sharpen the sawRegain "production capability" with appropriate recreational activities.
7 - Sharpen the sawMaintain a program of self-renewal balanced among physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.
7 - Sharpen the sawRead, Read, Read.
8 - From Effectiveness to GreatnessAvoid the 6 Cancers: Cynicism, Criticism, Comparing, Competing, Complaining, and Contending.