Stephen R Covey’s

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ( # 1 Most Influential Book of 20th Century )

Stephen R Covey’s Published Books

1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 2) Principle Centered Leadership 3) First Things First 4) Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People 5) First Things First Every Day 6) The Brekthrough Factor 7) The Do..Doing..Done (A Creative Approach) 8) The Power Principle 9) The 10 Natural Laws of Time & Life Management 10) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families 11) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens 12) The Nature of Leadership 13) Living the 7 Habits (Stories of Courage & Inspiration) 14) From Effectiveness to Greatness (8th Habit)

Preface ( Unlimited Power & Awake Giant Within ) In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R Covey presents a Holistic, Integrated, Principle Centered Approach for Solving Personal & Professional Problems. With Penetrating Insights, Covey reveals a step-by-step Pathway for Living with Fairness, Integrity, Honesty & Human Dignity. These are the Principles that give us the Security to adopt to Change and the Wisdom & Power to take advantage of the Opportunities that Change Creates. Fundamentals are the Key to Success. Stephen R Covey is a Master of them.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

      1) Be Proactive – Principle of Person Vision 2) Begin with the End of Mind – Principle of Personal Leadership 3) Put first, Things first – Principle of Personal Management 4) Think win / win – Principle of Interpersonal Relationships 5) Seek first understand, then understood – Empathic Communication 6)  Synergize – Principle of Creative Co-operation 7)  Sharpen the Saw – Principle of Balance self Renewal Survival  Stability  Success  Significance 8) From Effectiveness to Greatness (8th Habit Recent Book)

Habit 1 – Be Proactive (Principle of Person Vision)

Being Proactive is more than taking Initiative. It is Accepting Responsibility for our own Behavior (Past, Present & Future) & making choices based on Principles & Values rather than on Moods or Circumstances. Proactive people are Agents of Change & chose Not to be Victims, to be Reactive or to Blame others. They do this by developing & using 4 unique Human Gifts – Self Awareness, Conscience, Imagination & Independent will and by taking an insideout approach to creating change. They resolve to be creative force in their own lives, which is the most fundamental decision anyone ever makes.

Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind (Principle of Personal Leadership)

All things are created twice – Fist Mentally & Second Physically. Individuals, Families, Teams & Organizations shape their own future by creating a Mental Vision & Purpose for any project. They don’t just live day to day Without a clear purpose in mind. They mentally Identify & Commit themselves to the Principles, Values, Relationships & Purposes that matter most to them. A Mission Statement is the highest form of Mental Creation for an Individual, a Family or an Organization. It is the primary decision, because it governs all other decisions. Creating a culture behind a Shared Mission, Vision & Values is the essence of Leadership.

Habit 3 – Put First Things First (Principle of Personal Management) Putting first things first is the Second or Physical creation. It is organizing & executing around the mental creation (your purpose, vision, values & most important priorities). Second things do not come first. First things do not come second. Individuals & Organizations focus on what matters most, urgent or not. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Habit 4 – Think Win Win (Principle of Interpersonal Relationship)

Thinking Win-Win is a frame of mind & heart that seeks mutual benefit and is based on mutual respect in all interactions. It’s about thinking in terms of Abundance – an ever expanding ‘Pie’, a cornucopia (dearth) of Opportunity, Wealth & Resources rather than Scarcity & Adversarial (opposing) competition. It’s not thinking selfishly (win-lose) or like a martyr (lose-win). In our work & family life, members think interdependently in terms of ‘we’ not ‘me’. Thinking win-win encourages conflict resolution & helps individuals seek mutually beneficial solutions. It’s sharing Information, Power, Recognition & Rewards.

Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood (Empathic Communication) When we listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply, we begin true communication & relationship building. When others feel understood first, they feel affirmed & valued, defenses are lowered and opportunities to speak openly & to be understood come much more naturally & easily. Seeking to understand takes kindness, seeking to be understood takes courage. Effectiveness lies in Balancing Two.

Habit 6 – Synergize (Principle of Creative Co-operation)

Synergy is about producing a Third Alternative – not my way, not your way but a third way that is better than either of us would come up individually. It’s the fruit of mutual respect, of understanding & even celebrating one another’s differences in solving problems & seizing opportunities. Synergistic teams & families thrive on individual strengths so that the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. Such relationships & teams renounce defensive adversarialism (1+1=½). They don’t settle on compromise (1+1=1½) or merely cooperation (1+1=2). They go for creative cooperation (1+1=3 or more).

Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw (Principle of Balance Self Renewal)

Sharpening the saw is about Constantly Renewing ourselves in the four basic areas of life – Physical, Social, Mental & Spiritual. It’s the habit that increases our capacity to live all other habits of effectiveness. For an organization, Habit 7 promotes vision, renewal, continuous improvement, safeguards against burnout & entropy and puts the organization on a new upward growth path. For a family, it increases effectiveness through regular personal & family activities such as establishing traditions that nurtures spirit of family renewal.

Emotional Bank Account
The Emotional Bank Amount is a Metaphor (symbol) for the amount of trust in a relationship. Like a financial bank account, it’s something we make deposits into & withdrawals from. Actions such as seeking first to understand, being kind, making & keeping promises & being loyal to the absent increase the balance of trust. Being unkind, breaking promises & gossiping about someone who is absent decrease or even bankrupt the trust in a relationship.

A Paradigm is the Way Each Person sees the World, not Necessarily the Way it is in Reality. It’s the Map not the Territory. It’s our Lens, through which we View Everything, Formed by our Upbringing & Cumulative Experience & Choices.

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