The eight habits of highly effective people


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The eight habits of highly effective people

  1. 1. The Eight habits of highly effective people Based on the work of Stephen Covey: The seven habits of highly effective people The 8th habit
  2. 3. The presentation at a glance <ul><li>Important to be effective; effectiveness can be learnt </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on developing character, not personality. </li></ul><ul><li>Habits shape us, so adopt productive habits. </li></ul><ul><li>Build trust in relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Balance the different roles. </li></ul><ul><li>Allot time to attend fairly to the various responsibilities and relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Think positive and show empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Rejuvenate yourself </li></ul>
  3. 4. The Eight Habits of highly effective people. <ul><li>1. They take initiative. (“Be Proactive”) </li></ul><ul><li>2. They focus on goals. (“Begin with the End in Mind”) </li></ul><ul><li>3. They set priorities. (“Put First Things First”) </li></ul><ul><li>4. They only win when others win. (“Think Win/Win”) </li></ul><ul><li>5. They communicate. (“Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood”) </li></ul><ul><li>6. They cooperate. (“Synergize”) </li></ul><ul><li>7. They reflect on and repair their deficiencies. (“Sharpen the Saw”) </li></ul><ul><li>8. They find their voice and help others find theirs. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Character vs Personality <ul><li>Much of the business success literature of recent decades has focused on developing a good personality. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a sound character is more important. </li></ul><ul><li>Character lays the basic foundation. </li></ul><ul><li>Personality can emerge naturally when character is rooted in and formed by principles. </li></ul><ul><li>Forceful display of a personality that is inconsistent with our character is like wearing a mask. It is deceptive, manipulative and ultimately destructive. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Basic Principles <ul><li>Certain basic principles and values make people more effective. </li></ul><ul><li>They are fairness, equity, integrity, honesty, human dignity and worth, excellence, a spirit of service, patience, perseverance, caring, courage, encouragement and positive thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>The person whose character grows from these classic principles is a true leader who can inspire and help others. </li></ul><ul><li>Character is habit. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Habit 1: “Be Proactive ” <ul><li>Highly effective people take the initiative. They are proactive. </li></ul><ul><li>They do not impose limits on themselves that prevent them from acting. </li></ul><ul><li>They recognize that they have the freedom to determine the kind of character they will have. </li></ul><ul><li>They may not be able to control their circumstances, but they can decide how to make the best use of those circumstances. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Habit 2: “Begin with the End in Mind” <ul><li>Effectiveness is not just a matter of reaching a goal but rather of achieving the right goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine ourselves sitting in the back of the room at our funeral. Imagine what people could honestly say about us based on the way we are now. </li></ul><ul><li>Do we like what we hear? Is that how we want to be remembered? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, we must change it. We must take hold of our life. </li></ul><ul><li>We can begin by drafting a personal mission statement that outlines our goals and describes the kind of person we want to be. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Habit 3: “Put First Things First” <ul><li>We should never let our most important priorities fall victim to the least important. </li></ul><ul><li>We spend our time reacting to urgent circumstances and emergencies, and never invest the necessary effort to develop the ability to prevent emergencies in the first place. </li></ul><ul><li>We confuse the important with the urgent. The urgent is easy to see. The important is harder to discern. </li></ul><ul><li>We must spend more time on planning, avoiding pitfalls, developing relationships, cultivating opportunities and recharging ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>We must focus on “important but not urgent” activities. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Habit 4: “Think Win/Win” <ul><li>Highly effective people strive for win/win transactions. </li></ul><ul><li>They try to ensure that all the parties are better off in the end. </li></ul><ul><li>They know that any other kind of transaction is destructive, because it produces losers and, therefore, enemies and bad feelings, such as animosity, defeat and hostility. </li></ul><ul><li>A Win-Win mindset can help us multiply our allies. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Habit 5: “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood” <ul><li>To develop win/win relationships, we must find out what the other parties want, and what winning means to them. </li></ul><ul><li>We must always try to understand what the other people want and need before we begin to outline our own objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>We must not object, argue or oppose what we hear. </li></ul><ul><li>We must listen carefully, and think about it. </li></ul><ul><li>We must try to put ourselves in the other party’s shoes. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Habit 6: “Synergize” <ul><li>Effective synergy depends on communication. </li></ul><ul><li>We often don’t listen, reflect and respond but, instead, we hear and react reflexively. </li></ul><ul><li>Our reactions may be defensive, authoritarian or passive. </li></ul><ul><li>We may oppose or go along — but we do not actively cooperate. </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation and communication are the two legs of a synergistic relationship. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Habit 7: “Sharpen the Saw” <ul><li>We must take care of our bodies with a program of exercise that combines endurance, flexibility and strength. </li></ul><ul><li>We must nourish our souls with prayer, meditation, or perhaps by reading great literature or listening to great music. </li></ul><ul><li>Mental repair may mean changing bad habits, such as the habit of watching television. </li></ul><ul><li>We must work to develop our heart, our emotional connections and our engagement with other people. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Habit 8 : “Finding your voice and helping others find theirs.” <ul><li>“ Voice” is the unique personal significance each of us offers, and can bring to bear at work. </li></ul><ul><li>The 8 th habit is all about moving from effectiveness to greatness </li></ul><ul><li>Finding our unique voice means fulfilling our innate potential. </li></ul><ul><li>Finding our voice, involves the four elements of a whole person: mind, body, heart and spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>Mind = Vision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When the mind is fully developed we gain vision, the ability to discern the highest potential in people, institutions, causes and enterprises. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Body = Discipline </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We need discipline to transform vision into reality. Discipline comes by combining vision and commitment. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Heart = Passion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When we develop a wise heart we will feel the passionate fire of conviction, the flame that sustains the discipline needed to achieve the vision. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passion flows from finding and using our unique voice to accomplish great things. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spirit = Conscience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing our mental identity will lead us toward knowing the right fork in the road, toward an inward moral compass that will guide us. </li></ul></ul>