Think preventatively to keep tasks from ever becoming urgent. Use stewardship delegation instead of "gofer" delegation; teach a person to be the steward of the task you assign to them, rather than constantly telling them to "go for this" or "go for that".
Work together with co-workers, friends, and family for mutual benefit. This prevents you from having to figure those things out when issues arise, and makes the relationship more smooth because it causes each person to manage themselves. Think in terms of the Abundance Mentality rather than the Scarcity Mentality; The quest for recognition, credit, power, and profit isn't a zero-sum game. Be happy when others succeed. Diagnose before you prescribe. Understand needs, concerns, situation before you give advice.
To understand others, listen with empathy. To be understood, present your views according to: ethos : personal credibility pathos : emotional alignment with the other person logos : logical reasoning You can't motivate people by appealing to satisfied needs money, status, etc. Habit 6: Synergize. Value the differences in relationships. Oneness is not sameness , it's complementariness. Unity is not uniformity. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw Renew and improve in yourself in the following categories, by spending at least an hour each day.
Meditate, read scripture, or spend time in nature.
Write, organize, and plan. Serve others, at work or through volunteering. Afterward Covey says a summary of the first 3 Habits is "make and keep a promise," and a summary of the next 3 Habits is "involve others in the problem and work out the solution together. View all 34 comments. Sep 19, Virginia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone.
I've met one really really awesome one. Additionally, after working at a major university bookstore, a majority of all undergrad students can be fairly classified as douchebags. Consequently, I never picked up this book. I hated the people who were reading it for class. I hated the people who were assigning it for their classes.
I hated my job and I hated the area that I was living in. I was, yes indeedy, a hater Obviously it wasn't the right time for me to read it.
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As I am a wee bit addicted to books, I immediately agreed, and when I started searching on Amazon for the reading list, "7 Habits" appeared on pretty much every single page. So I picked that one up too. Excellent decision. I chose to read it first. It has taken me, probably three weeks to read it. I have ordered with my boss' blessing "The 8th Habit" and will read that shortly. Every single page I found something that made me put the book down for a couple of minutes and think about it. I already know that I'm going to have to re-read this at some point in the near future.
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Basically, this book will teach you about effective ways to be a compassionate, kind, enjoyable human being. It will teach you about personal responsibility personal as in to your self, and to others. It will teach you how to be a better parent, employee, spouse, daughter, or boss. I can't give it enough praise.
It is a truly outstanding book. View all 28 comments. Oct 25, Malbadeen rated it did not like it Recommends it for: people that don't think Stephen Covey has enough money. Shelves: required-reading , nonfiction. I think the sign of a great book is when, right inside the cover there is a pull out brochure that encourages you to order more of the authors products - that's some quality shit when you see that.
But the book itself, well it has charts: flow charts, boxed charts, circle charts, up and down charts, sideways charts, charts with arrows, charts with triangles and charts with dotted lines. This book uses words like "synergy" and "proactive" This book is shiny and it has 6 pages of recommendations before the title page. This book makes me want to barf - A LOT! I could eat and eat and eat and barf and barf and barf and it wouldn't be a disorder because it would all happen naturally - no effort on my part, just read and barf, read and barf - like that.
This book is my assigned reading for tonight, this review received more of my attention than the assigned reading will. View all 42 comments. Aug 11, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: linguistics-and-philosophy , pooh-dante , transcendent-experiences. You look kinda weird. I did! It was, like, utterly real. It was the most real thing that's ever happened to me.
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View all 22 comments. Shelves: business-management-pm , 20th-century , usa. This was recommended reading following on from a course and I found it to be an odd mix of the homely and the disturbing. On the whole it's probably the dogmatic air of absolute certainty that I find disturbing, that and the way he describes how he reduced his son to tears over keeping the garden in good order.
Reading this book is rather like having a very one-sided conversation with a particularly earnest and opinionated drunk who isn't shy to jab you in the chest with a fore-finger This was recommended reading following on from a course and I found it to be an odd mix of the homely and the disturbing. Reading this book is rather like having a very one-sided conversation with a particularly earnest and opinionated drunk who isn't shy to jab you in the chest with a fore-finger to underline a point.
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That's not to say that the seven habits are bad, far from it. They are a quite reasonable and potentially useful set of habits. Whether effective people tend to have these habits or if having these habits will make you more effective is presumed but not proven by this book which is heavily anecdotal, but that is neither here nor there. The power of the argument and the vast number of sales lies in how the seven habits tap into our moral beliefs about the kind of habits we want to be able to have to make us successful, and more to the point the kind of habits that we want to believe make people successful, and in the great tradition of self help books it asserts the primacy of the individual will over any and all other circumstances.
No war, want, injustice, disease, political, economic or social structure can hinder the truly just man girt by the seven habits.
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Business in this account is a battlefield in the moral universe, the victor, a sage at least if not a saint. That's the meat of the book in one sentence. But equally perhaps we should remember that seven is a magic number, this really isn't a business book, it is a spiritual book. The seven habits are to stand firm against the seven deadly sins.
Life on Earth for Covey is a probationary period for the life ever after, since Covey was a Mormon being true to his faith was due to be rewarded with stewardship of an entire planet. Clearly one needs to demonstrate effective stewardship over the smaller business of mortal life to be judged ready for such a substantial reward. In turn this was another disturbing element to the book for me because this means that everything becomes functional. Having a picnic with your sweetheart isn't about enjoying life it is an important Quadrant II activity! This is a mechanistic view of the human experience and, sadder yet, a harsh one.
The path to life everlasting is a narrow one, beset with dangers while storms around do rage. Fear not, lonely pilgrim, for Covey illuminates the way with quadrants and diagrams. Yet there is optimism in his approach.
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Understanding triumphs eternally. Despite what he repeats about paradigm shifts he believes that everybody can come to see both alternative paradigms and appreciate their validity. Personally I suspect that every reader will be able to think of occasions when opposite points of view are not reconcilable. Honesty and realism has to temper any reading of this book. Maybe my problem with this book is that everything is spelt out. It's a Sunday sermon and the pastor is going to read out every word and isn't going to be hurried on to his inevitable conclusions. Worth reading for a taste of the horror and the glory of late twentieth- early twenty-first century corporate life - but keep some salt handy.
View all 29 comments. Apr 14, MJ Nicholls marked it as getting-even. Regard: What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say. This incoherent drivel has the most highlights. Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose. You can say this imbecilic utterance in any accent, or at any speed you like, and it still would be a piece of drivelling cack.
It would still linger on the brain for a second as a semi-intelligent observation, before pooling slowly to the floor like the incoherent dog-drool it really is when given two seconds thought. Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Die now.