The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
No matter how many people you supervise, there is only one person you can change: yourself. The absolute best investment you can make, therefore, is to improve and to develop habits that will make you a better person and a better manager.
If you want to change something, you have to behave differently. But to change your behavior, you must beforehand modify your paradigm, your way of interpreting the world.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey presents a new way to change those paradigms, and to establish new habits that will allow you to escape from the inertia in your life and move toward your goals.
The first three habits deal with self-control. That is to say, they are geared to achieve your own personal advancement, to gain independence.
The following three habits deal with relationships with others teamwork, cooperation and communication; they are aimed at achieving interdependence.
Finally, habit seven refers to the continuous renovation that will make you to better understand the other habits.
The first habit tell us to: Be proactive
Being proactive means that you must take responsibility for your own life and exercising the ability to select a response to any stimulus.
This implies behaving according to a conscious decision, based on your values, not according to the conditions in which you are currently to be found, nor in the manner in which they were before.
The second habit tells us to: Start with a goal in mind
This is the habit of personal leadership, which indicates the need to begin each day with a clear understanding of your current location and your desired destination.
It is necessary to understand that all things are created twice. Think about the construction of a home before construction begins, a plan is drafted (the first creation). Subsequently, you build the house (the second creation). In business it is the same way: first, you define what you want to achieve, subsequently you design all the parts of the business to achieve that objective.
The third habit tell us to: Put first things first
In habit one, you learned that you can create your own paradigm. In habit two, you discovered the basic principles by which you should live and work. Once this is learned, you are ready to put first things first every day.
The fourth habit tells us to: Think Win/Win
Habits one through three deal with personal victories, how to work with yourself to develop your character. Habits four to six will show you how to develop your personality in order to have success working with other people.
The fifth habit tells us to: Seek first to understand, rather than to seek first to be understood.
This is the habit of effective communication. The majority of people spend their lives learning to communicate in written form or spoken, but have little training in listening to understand.
The sixth habit is: Synergize
Synergy means that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. The habit of synergizing then involves creative cooperation and teamwork: people with a win/ win mentality listen with empathy, and can take advantage of their differences with others to generate options that did not exist
The seventh habit tells us to: Sharpen the saw
It is the habit of self-renewal, the basic maintenance required to maintain all the other habits working properly.