The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People.
The Seven Habits
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People provide a holistic, integrated approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness
. Habits are patterns of behavior that involve threeoverlapping components: knowledge, attitude, and skill. These three components are learnedrather than inherited. We are not our current habits. We can make or break our habits.
Seven Habits Overview / Seven Habits Organizer
The Seven Habits are habits of effectiveness. Because they are based on principles
, they bring the maximum long-term beneficial results possible. They become the basis of a person'scharacter, creating an empowering center of correct maps from which an individual caneffectively solve problems, maximize opportunities, and continually learn and integrate other principles in an upward spiral of growth.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, page 52
The Seven Habits are an orderly sequence of growth, moving from Private to Public Victory.Habits one, two, and three lead to Private Victories—the victories that allow us to achieveself-mastery and dominion over self.1.In Habit 1: Be Proactive, we recognize that we are free to choose.2.In Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind, we identify our personal mission and goals.3.In Habit 3: Put First Things First, we act on our priorities.Habits four, five, and six lead to Public Victories—the victories that allow us to achievesuccess with other people.4.In Habit 4: Think Win-Win, we look for alternatives that allow everyone to win.5.Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood is both an attitude and a skill of listening deeply for complete understanding.6.In Habit 6: Synergize. We discover a creativity that people can experience when theyexplore their differences together.7.Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw is the habit that calls the others forth. It is comprised of simpledaily activities that implant the principles of effectiveness in our minds.The habits form a continuum because the Private Victory must come before the PublicVictory. Until we have developed self-mastery, it is difficult, if not impossible, to achievesuccess with other people. Taken together, the Seven Habits cultivate personal character,which is the foundation of effectiveness.
Seven Habits Video Manual, page 51
Efficiency vs. Effectiveness
Efficiency is getting more done in less time. Effectiveness is getting the right things done. It does not matter how fast you are going. If you are not headed towards your desired goal, each step just moves you in the wrong direction faster.
: Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.Just as there are natural principles like the law of gravity, that govern our physical environment, there are principles that govern human growth and effectiveness—and they exist independent of our knowledge or acceptance of them. Because principles govern human effectiveness, they impact our ability to produce theresults we want and to achieve the things that are most important to us.