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  • Success: A Road Map … It’s Not What You Think, or Maybe it is.

    Posted on January 26th, 2011 Nelson Bodnarchuk No comments

    Disclaimer: None of these are my ideas and the full document can be found here: Quick MBA, I just wanted to capture a summary of these for future use. It’s based on the #1 bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. My summary is actually a summary of a summary, I goal is to distill this information to it’s core. Call it laziness, call it efficiency… call it karma Ray.

    Call it Karma Ray

    The Seven Habits move us through the following stages:

    1. Dependence: the paradigm under which we are born, relying upon others to take care of us.
    2. Independence: the paradigm under which we can make our own decisions and take care of ourselves.
    3. Interdependence: the paradigm under which we cooperate to achieve something that cannot be achieved independently.

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are:

    Habit 1:  Be Proactive

    Change starts from within, and highly effective people make the decision to improve their lives through the things that they can influence rather than by simply reacting to external forces.

    Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind

    Develop a principle-centered personal mission statement. Extend the mission statement into long-term goals based on personal principles.

    Spend time doing what fits into your personal mission, observing the proper balance between production and building production capacity. Identify the key roles that you take on in life, and make time for each of them.

    Seek agreements and relationships that are mutually beneficial. In cases where a “win/win” deal cannot be achieved, accept the fact that agreeing to make “no deal” may be the best alternative. In developing an organizational culture, be sure to reward win/win behavior among employees and avoid inadvertently rewarding win/lose behavior.

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

    First seek to understand the other person, and only then try to be understood. Stephen Covey presents this habit as the most important principle of interpersonal relations. Effective listening is not simply echoing what the other person has said through the lens of one’s own experience. Rather, it is putting oneself in the perspective of the other person, listening emphatically for both feeling and meaning.

    Habit 6:  Synergize

    Through trustful communication, find ways to leverage individual differences to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Through mutual trust and understanding, one often can solve conflicts and find a better solution than would have been obtained through either person’s own solution.

    Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw

    Take time out from production to build production capacity through personal renewal of the physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Maintain a balance among these dimensions.