The work of Stephen Covey, about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is an excellent book that all leaders, managers and even individuals running small businesses, who have high goals in life must read the book.
Result of several years of research, work and experience shows the results in this book as it is loaded with facts and explanations and even if sometimes the language used by the author is highly academic and scientific, but it does not detract from the quality of education provided.
what these 7 habits really are is the important question
1) the proactive approach: this concept holds good weight-age and is very complex to explain, it is the opposite of reactivity. Most people are reactive as they complain about what happens to them, they blame and dump the responsibility on others, they are always victims and behave like they can not take any initiatives.
As against a person who is proactive and is led by admitting that he is solely responsible for what is happening to him and his actions. the person is proactive and does not complain. he seeks an opportunity in the problems he faces and sees the solutions and not obstacles.
2) Begin with the end in mind: addressing the problems facing the projects that we develop, we tend to look for quick and easy solutions to what is happening.
But in most cases, these quick fixes do not solve the problems in depth, and the problems resurface in the future with more serious consequences, we apply these quick fixes because we do not solve problems with the end in mind.
3) Putting first things first: is used for good organization of time. What are the priorities and tasks to accomplish, Do you spend most of your time doing the most important things (for you) or not.
4) think win-win situation: it is the habit of negotiating or know administering. It is used to see the potential benefits for each party involved in an action, a process, a deal – and focus on what everyone can benefit from.
5) Seek first to understand – An individual should first try to understand an individual sitting across the table and then to be understood the habit of looking for good relationship. It is a habit that is based on empathy, on listening. It is the habit that makes it possible to find the true source of problems, to be able to fully implement pattern no. 2 and no. 4.
6) Creating synergies: Stephen Covey explains this by the usual formula: 1 +1 = 3, 4, 10 or 1,000,000. This does not mean he is not very good at calculations, but it means that the sum of what each individual can do by acting alone – is nothing compared to what can be achieved by all the individuals together and working in synergy.
7) Sharpen your blade: is used to search for perfection. It is usual that people who are continuing to train and develop acquire. It is the habit of those who believe that life is an eternal learning process.
In short, the book by Stephen Covey is a must in leadership, management and personal development. It would be a shame to deprive them of it.