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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

In one easy lesson!


Steven Coveys philosophy is a seven course meal on how to take control of ones life and suggests a recipe to becoming a complete and fulfilled person. His integration of life and principles leads to aligning inner thought and outward behavior, resulting in personal as well as public victory.

Topics of Discussion

Foundational Principals Habit 1: Be Proactive Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind Habit 3: Put first things first Habit 4: Think win-win Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood Habit 6: Synergize Habit 7: Sharpen the saw Next Steps

Principles and Values

Principles are natural laws or fundamental truths


Universal, timeless Produce predictable outcomes External to ourselves Self-evident and enabling when understood

Values are the worth and priority we place on other people, things, ideas or principles

Self-chosen beliefs and ideals Internal, subjective, based on how we see the world Influenced by upbringing, society, and personal reflection

Character and Personality




Mental map The way we see the problem is the problem Paradigm shift - the Aha! experience

The Social Mirror

Metaphor for the way we see ourselves because others reflect their opinions, perceptions and paradigms about us through their words and actions. We form often inaccurate judgements and images of ourselves from the social mirror Our real potential is drawn from our own imagination

Self-fulfilling Prophecy

Our perceptions of people often influence the way we treat them The way we treat others influences their behavior and performance

P/PC Balance: The Principle of Effectiveness

Effectiveness is the balance of Production and Production Capability Production is the desired results produced (golden eggs, or P) Production Capability is maintaining, preserving, and enhancing the resources that produce the desired results. (the goose or PC)

The Maturity Continuum

Habit #7

Sharpen the Saw

Public Victory
Habit #6


Habit #5

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Think Win-Win

Habit #4

Private Victory
Habit #3 Habit #2 Habit #1

Put First Things First Begin with the End in Mind Be Proactive

Habit 1: Be Proactive

An Underlying Principle:

Individuals are responsible for their own choices and have the freedom to choose.

Key Paradigms:

I am responsible for my behavior and the choices I make in life. I can expand my personal freedom and influence through being proactive.

Responding according to values Accepting responsibility Focusing on the circle of influence

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

An Underlying Principle:

Mental creation precedes physical creation..

Key Paradigms:

I can choose my own future and create a vision of it. I will create results mentally before beginning any activity.

Choosing a life center Personal mission statement

Habit 3: Put First Things First

An Underlying Principle:

Effectiveness requires balancing important relationships, roles and activities. Things which matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least. I fulfill my mission by acting on important goals in my key roles.

Key Paradigms:

Your first things Living an effective life in quadrant two The six step process

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

An Underlying Principle:

Effective long-term relationships require mutual benefit.

Key Paradigms:

I seek the benefit of others as well as my own. I get better results in my relationships by cooperating interdependently than by competing independently.

Win-Win is a commitment that allows everyone to win. People with Win-Win character possess integrity, maturity and an Abundance Mentality.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Underlying Principles:

Diagnosis must precede prescription. Understanding comes through listening.

Key Paradigms:

I assume I dont fully understand, and I need to listen. If I listen first to understand, then I will be better understood.

The Challenges of Communication The Attitude and Skill of Empathy

Habit 6: Synergize

An Underlying Principle:

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Key Paradigms:

I value the differences in others and seek the Third Alternative Working together cooperatively takes time but produces better long-term results.

Valuing the Differences Creating the Third Alternative

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

An Underlying Principle:

Production (results) requires development of Production Capability (resources).

Key Paradigms:

I will increase my effectiveness through personal renewal in each of the four dimensions of my life. I will continuously improve.

Four dimensions of Renewal The Upward Spiral Principal-Centered Living

Next Steps

Work from the Inside Out Focus on the Circle of Influence Consciously Work to Change Habits