Position Paper on Stephen Covey’s, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
MG 401 Senior Seminar in Management Introduction In 1989, Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People started a landmark revolution in how we think about time and life management. In this book, Covey presents seven principles for developing effectiveness in our private and public lives. By developing these habits, one moves from being dependent on other people to being and acting independently. Then we learn how to move to the more advanced state of interdependence and successful Cooperation. As a part of the seven habits, Covey introduced important and powerful techniques of time management under the habit of "Put First Things First."
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The second habit discusses beginning with the end in mind; this section begins with the description of the reader's funeral as an illustration of how one end in view can change the previous years' effort. The visualized step of seeing the end is the first part of any successful plan. The third habit is to put things first; this is the second step of a successful plan, following the visualization, is the managing step, that of physically performing the task. The fourth habit discusses thinking win/win; win/win is the highest form of agreement between parties that empowers all involved and does not sour the milk of future relations with resentment. The fifth habit is to seek first to understand, then to be understood; this is the most immediately applicable of all the seven habits. However, this is probably the most difficult habit to practice since it requires a major paradigm shift in how one views communication. Communication is not a pipe to send information with a limited bandwidth. Rather, it is like a circuit that requires lessening of resistance to allow the proper current through. The current is the message and the resistance is our willingness to control our reaction and proactive empathic listening. The sixth habit talks about synergizing; synergy is what happens when a group of independent people collective create energies and the result is more than the sum of their individual input. It is the culmination of the other habits