7 Habits Of Highly Effective People insights & Perspectives

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Independence
The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e., self-mastery):

1 – Be Proactive
roles and relationships in life.
2 – Begin with the End in Mind
envision what you want in the future so that you know concretely what to make a reality.
3 – Put First Things First
A manager must manage his own person. Personally. And managers should implement activities that aim to reach the second habit. Covey says that rule two is the mental creation; rule three is the physical creation.
Interdependence[edit]
The next three habits talk about Interdependence (e.g. working with others):

4 – Think Win-Win
Genuine feelings for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.
5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.
6 – Synergize
Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals that no one could have done alone.
Continuous Improvements[edit]
The final habit is that of continuous improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence.

7 – Sharpen the Saw
Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.
Covey explains the “Upward Spiral” model in the sharpening the saw section. Through our conscience, along with meaningful and consistent progress, the spiral will result in growth, change, and constant improvement. In essence, one is always attempting to integrate and master the principles outlined in The 7 Habits at progressively higher levels at each iteration. Subsequent development on any habit will render a different experience and you will learn the principles with a deeper understanding. The Upward Spiral model consists of three parts: learn, commit, do. According to Covey, one must be increasingly educating the conscience in order to grow and develop on the upward spiral. The idea of renewal by education will propel one along the path of personal freedom, security, wisdom, and power.[2]

Sean Covey (Stephen’s son) has written a version of the book for teens, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. This version simplifies the 7 Habits for younger readers so they can better understand them. In September 2006, Sean Covey also published The 6 Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make: A Guide for Teens. This guide highlights key times in the life of a teen and gives advice on how to deal with them.[/ms_column]
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50 Comments on “7 Habits Of Highly Effective People insights & Perspectives”

  1. sometimes u don't have time for synergy,ask the question,on scale 1-10, how important is it to you?
    Could anyone kindly help me with this question? I need to answer this question.

  2. This is one of the must read book to any one who really want to succeed and stay successful in life. 1 – read it over and over 2 – Practice and master the common sense 3 – Apply it to your life… failure is impossible.

  3. Joseph. You've been very influential in my life lately. Keep it up. Can you please do the book personality plus? If you haven't read it you absolutely should if you're striving to enhance your relationship/communication skills! Thanks. -Austin

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