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