Seven Habits - The Private Victory
Teamwork & the first 3 habits, the PBA.
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One of the most important skills that businesses are looking for in their employees today.
Prioritizing the major tasks coming up.
Taking care of the big rocks.
What is your character is determined by?
Giving assignments or jobs to other people to take care of is called:
Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time Bound
Making decisions based on values and thinking before you act. Taking responsibility for your choices. Taking initiative to make things happen.
The way you see something, your point of view.
Putting things off until later.
Begin With the End in Mind (Habit 2)
Having a plan and taking control of your future.
Making choices based on emotions and feelings. Worries about problems and barriers.
A statement that states what your life is about.
Something we do repeatedly, often being unaware of them.
Personal Bank Account
How you feel about yourself (your trust and confidence in yourself).
Circle of Control
The things you have control over. How you respond to what happens to you.
An unspecific goal that doesn't give you something to work toward.
Write them down
To accomplish your goals it is important you do one thing.
Face the fear by doing whatever you are afraid of.
Can be both positive and negative. Negative can have disastrous effects on your life, positive can push you to do the right thing.
Putting the most important things first and then fitting everything else around them.
Summary of Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey presented a framework for personal
effectiveness. The following is a summary of the first part of his book, concluding
with a list of the seven habits
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey's best‐known book, has sold more than 15 million
copies worldwide since its first publication in 1989. Covey argues against what he calls "The
Personality Ethic", something he sees as prevalent in many modern self‐help books.
He instead promotes what he labels "The Character Ethic": aligning one's values with so‐called "universal
and timeless" principles.
Covey adamantly refuses to confound principles and values; he sees principles as external
natural laws, while values remain internal and subjective. Covey proclaims that values govern
people's behavior, but principles ultimately determine the consequences.
Covey presents his
teachings in a series of habits, manifesting as a progression from dependence via independence
Our character is a collection of our habits, and habits have a powerful role in our lives. Habits
consist of knowledge, skill, and desire. motivation to do it.
Knowledge allows us to know what to do, skill gives us
the ability to know how to do it, and desire is the
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
1. Independence: the paradigm under which we can make our own decisions and take
care of ourselves.
2. Interdependence: the paradigm under which we cooperate to achieve something
that cannot be achieved independently.
Much of the success literature today tends to value independence, encouraging people to
become liberated and do their own thing.
The reality is that we are interdependent, and the independent model is not optimal for use in
an interdependent environment that requires leaders and team players.
Therefore, the first three habits focus on self‐mastery, that is, achieving the private victories
required to move from dependence to independence. The first three habits are:
• Habit 1: Be Proactive
• Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
• Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habits 4, 5, and 6 then address interdependence:
• Habit 4: Think Win/Win
• Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
• Habit 6: Synergize
Finally, the seventh habit is one of renewal and continual improvement, that is, of building one's
personal production capability.
To be effective, one must find the proper balance between actually producing and improving
one's capability to produce. Covey illustrates this point with the fable of the goose and the
golden egg. In the fable, a poor farmer's goose began laying a solid gold egg every day, and the
farmer soon became rich
. He also became greedy and figured that the goose must have many
golden eggs within her. In order to obtain all of the eggs immediately, he killed the goose. Upon
cutting it open he discovered that it was not full of golden eggs.
The lesson is that if one
attempts to maximize immediate production with no regard to the production capability, the
capability will be lost. Effectiveness is a function of both production and the capacity to produce.
The need for balance between production and production capability applies to physical,
financial, and human assets
Habit 1: Be Proactive
eFocus on the things you can actually do something about. 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
Begin everything you do with a clear picture of your
ultimate goal. Develop a principle‐centered personal mission statement. Extend the mission
statement into long‐term goals based on personal principles
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Manage your life according to your needs and priorities. 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.
Habit 4: Think Win‐Win
Integrity: Stick with your true feelings, values, and commitments
Maturity: Be considerate of the feelings of others Abundance Mentality: Believe there is plenty
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 inadvertantly rewarding win/lose behavior.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
Then to Be Understood Learn how to communicate clearly and listen to others. Stephen Covey presents this habit as the most important principle of
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
listening empathically for both feeling and meaning.
Habit 6: Synergize
"Two heads are better than one." 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
Allow yourself to grow by maintaining a balanced program in the four
areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Take time out from
production to build production capacity through personal renewal of the physical, mental,
social/emotional, and spiritual dimensions.
The 8th Habit
In 2004, Covey's book The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness was published.
It functions as the sequel to The Seven Habits. Covey claims that effectiveness does not suffice in
what he calls "The Knowledge Worker Age".
He proclaims that "[t]he challenges and complexity
we face today are of a different order of magnitude." The 8th habit essentially urges: "Find your
voice and inspire others to find theirs...