The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly
Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
The Book in Three Sentences
The Five Big Ideas
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
True effectiveness
Practices vs Principles
Problems we face fall in one of three areas
Success encompasses a balance of
personal and professional effectiveness
Before you can adopt the seven habits,
you need to change your perception,
and interpretation of how the world works
Between what happens to you and your response to it is
your freedom to choose that response
Proactive people work on the things they can do something about
Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things
A paradigm is a way to “see” the world
We see the world, not as it is, but as we are conditioned to “see” it
To make relatively minor changes in your life
focus on your attitudes and behaviors
To make significant, quantum change, work on your basic paradigms
1.Be proactive
2.Begin with the end in mind
3.Put first things first
4.Think win/win
5.Seek first to understand then be understood
6.Synergize
7.Sharpen the saw
A good affirmation has five basic ingredients
is a function of two things:
Effectiveness lies in the balance
what is produced (the golden eggs)
the producing asset or capacity to produce
(the goose)
Stephen calls the P/PC Balance
PC stands for production capability
P stands for production of desired results
the golden eggs
the ability or asset that produces the golden eggs
Our paradigms
correct or incorrect
make a change in our lives
if we want to make significant change
Paradigms are powerful because
The power of a paradigm shift
are the sources of our attitudes and behaviors
and ultimately our relationships with others
focus on our attitudes and behaviors
work on your basic paradigms
Paradigms are inseparable from character
what we see is highly interrelated to what we are
they create the lens through which we see the world
essential power of quantum change
whether that shift is an instantaneous
or a slow and deliberate process
Three Social Maps- To explain the nature of Man
Three central values in life:
1.It’s personal
2.It’s positive
3.It’s present tense
4.It’s visual
5.It’s emotional
Direct control
Indirect control
No control
Problems involving our own behavior
Problems involving other people’s behavior
Problems we can do nothing about
such as our past or situational realities
The experiential, or that which happens to us
The creative, or that which we bring into existence
The attitudinal, or our response in difficult circumstances such as terminal illness
Genetic determinism
Psychic determinism
Environmental determinism
your grandparents did it to you
That’s why you have such a temper
your parents did it to you
your boss is doing it to you
or that bratty teenager
or your economic situation
or national policies
or your spouse
Someone or something in your
environment is responsible for your situation
Practices are situationally specific
Principles are the territory
When we value correct principles
The way we see the problem is the problem
Sow a thought
Principles are deep, fundamental truths
that have universal application
Values are maps
we have the truth
a knowledge of things as they are
reap an action
sow an action
reap a habit
sow a habit
reap a character
sow a character
reap a destiny
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