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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® is, of course, the famous list from Stephen R. Covey's book of the same name.


1. Be Proactive

Focus and act on what you can control and influence instead of what you can’t.

2. Begin With The End in Mind

Fully envision the consequences you wish to achieve, and how you might achieve them, before starting to move forward.

3. Put First Things First

Consider what is important as well as what is urgent, and make time to work on the important things, even if they are not urgent.

4. Think Win-Win

Make a habit of seeking solutions that are beneficial to all concerned.

See also the elements of The Four-Way Test.

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Build trust and understanding by apprehension and appreciation of the needs and perspectives of others.

Also see steps 3 and 4 in the Steps in Decision-Making Conversations.

6. Synergize

Draw on diverse strengths of involved parties so as to achieve goals that no single team member could have accomplished on their own.

7. Sharpen the Saw

Make time for renewing activities.

Also see the Dramma Model.


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