The Seven habits of highly effective people

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					The Eight habits of highly effective people

    Based on the work of Stephen Covey:
    The seven habits of highly effective people
    The 8th habit
The presentation at a glance

    Important to be effective; effectiveness can be learnt
    Focus on developing character, not personality.
    Habits shape us, so adopt productive habits.
    Build trust in relationships.
    Balance the different roles.
    Allot time to attend fairly to the various responsibilities
     and relationships.
    Think positive and show empathy
    Rejuvenate yourself
The Eight Habits of highly effective

1. They take initiative. (“Be Proactive”)
2. They focus on goals. (“Begin with the End in Mind”)
3. They set priorities. (“Put First Things First”)
4. They only win when others win. (“Think Win/Win”)
5. They communicate. (“Seek First to Understand, Then to
   Be Understood”)
6. They cooperate. (“Synergize”)
7. They reflect on and repair their deficiencies. (“Sharpen
   the Saw”)
8. They find their voice and help others find theirs.
Character vs Personality

  Much of the business success literature of recent
   decades has focused on developing a good personality.
  Developing a sound character is more important.
  Character lays the basic foundation.
  Personality can emerge naturally when character is
   rooted in and formed by principles.
  Forceful display of a personality that is inconsistent with
   our character is like wearing a mask. It is deceptive,
   manipulative and ultimately destructive.
Basic Principles

   Certain basic principles and values make people more
   They are fairness, equity, integrity, honesty, human
    dignity and worth, excellence, a spirit of service,
    patience, perseverance, caring, courage,
    encouragement and positive thinking.
   The person whose character grows from these classic
    principles is a true leader who can inspire and help
   Character is habit.
Habit 1: “Be Proactive”

   Highly effective people take the initiative. They are
   They do not impose limits on themselves that prevent
    them from acting.
   They recognize that they have the freedom to
    determine the kind of character they will have.
   They may not be able to control their circumstances,
    but they can decide how to make the best use of
    those circumstances.
Habit 2: “Begin with the End in Mind”

     Effectiveness is not just a matter of reaching a goal
      but rather of achieving the right goal.
     Imagine ourselves sitting in the back of the room at
      our funeral. Imagine what people could honestly say
      about us based on the way we are now.
     Do we like what we hear? Is that how we want to be
     If not, we must change it. We must take hold of our
     We can begin by drafting a personal mission
      statement that outlines our goals and describes the
      kind of person we want to be.
Habit 3: “Put First Things First”

    We should never let our most important priorities fall
     victim to the least important.
    We spend our time reacting to urgent circumstances and
     emergencies, and never invest the necessary effort to
     develop the ability to prevent emergencies in the first
    We confuse the important with the urgent. The urgent is
     easy to see. The important is harder to discern.
    We must spend more time on planning, avoiding pitfalls,
     developing relationships, cultivating opportunities and
     recharging ourselves.
    We must focus on “important but not urgent” activities.
Habit 4: “Think Win/Win”

     Highly effective people strive for win/win transactions.
     They try to ensure that all the parties are better off in
      the end.
     They know that any other kind of transaction is
      destructive, because it produces losers and, therefore,
      enemies and bad feelings, such as animosity, defeat
      and hostility.
     A Win-Win mindset can help us multiply our allies.
Habit 5: “Seek First to Understand, Then
to Be Understood”
     To develop win/win relationships, we must find out
      what the other parties want, and what winning means
      to them.
     We must always try to understand what the other
      people want and need before we begin to outline our
      own objectives.
     We must not object, argue or oppose what we hear.
     We must listen carefully, and think about it.
     We must try to put ourselves in the other party’s
Habit 6: “Synergize”

    Effective synergy depends on communication.
    We often don’t listen, reflect and respond but, instead,
     we hear and react reflexively.
    Our reactions may be defensive, authoritarian or
     We may oppose or go along — but we do not actively
    Cooperation and communication are the two legs of a
     synergistic relationship.
Habit 7: “Sharpen the Saw”

  We must take care of our bodies with a program of
   exercise that combines endurance, flexibility and
  We must nourish our souls with prayer, meditation, or
   perhaps by reading great literature or listening to great
  Mental repair may mean changing bad habits, such as
   the habit of watching television.
  We must work to develop our heart, our emotional
   connections and our engagement with other people.
Habit 8 : “Finding your voice and helping
others find theirs.”

 “Voice” is the unique personal significance each of us offers,
  and can bring to bear at work.
 The 8th habit is all about moving from effectiveness to
 Finding our unique voice means fulfilling our innate potential.
 Finding our voice, involves the four elements of a whole
  person: mind, body, heart and spirit.
 Mind = Vision
    When the mind is fully developed we gain vision, the ability
     to discern the highest potential in people, institutions,
     causes and enterprises.
   Body = Discipline
       We need discipline to transform vision into reality. Discipline
        comes by combining vision and commitment.
   Heart = Passion
       When we develop a wise heart we will feel the passionate fire of
        conviction, the flame that sustains the discipline needed to
        achieve the vision.
       Passion flows from finding and using our unique voice to
        accomplish great things.
   Spirit = Conscience
       Developing our mental identity will lead us toward knowing the
        right fork in the road, toward an inward moral compass that will
        guide us.

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