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Book Review of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People


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This is my first book review of Seven Habits of Highly effective people. This will help you to develop personality and build character.

  • Stephen had a tremendous impact not only on my life but through me, on the lives of those I had the privilege to lead. It started indirectly, when, after a period of reflection and tough going I discovered the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The overall approach of private victory then public victory, describing our growth as proceeding from dependence through independence to interdependence struck me as incredibly simple yet powerful. I applied what I learned to my life immediately. I've blogged my complete review of this book here:
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Book Review of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

  1. 1. Presented by Ashpaq AttarO2, Telecomm, Pune 1
  2. 2. About Ashpaq  Motivational Speaker Personality Development Coach Loves to read self help books He is father of 2 sons and lives in Pune with his family. Post Graduate in Computer Science 2
  3. 3. Success is an Attitude! Character ` “Primary success comes from primary greatness… yourStephen Covey character.”Author, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” 3
  4. 4. The habitsof highly effective people
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  6. 6. 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 7
  7. 7. Seven 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
  8. 8. Character vs Personality  Most of the business success literature focuses 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. 9
  9. 9. 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, 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. 10
  10. 10.  11Habits have a tremendous gravity pull
  11. 11.  Lift off takes a lot of effort, but once we break out of the gravity pull,our freedom takes on a whole new dimension 12
  12. 12. What do we not see? 14
  13. 13. A PARADIGM is the way an individualperceives, understands, and interprets the surrounding world. Paradigm Result Behaviour 15
  14. 14. Knowledge (what to, why to) Habits Skills Desire(how to) (want to) HabitsInternalized principles& patterns of behavior 16
  15. 15. The 7 Habits 7Sharpen saw Interdependence Understand Synergize 5 PUBLIC 6 VICTORY Think win-win 4 Independence 3 1st things 1st PRIVATE 1 VICTORY 2 Be Proactive End in mind Dependence 17
  16. 16. Habit 1: Be proactive “You are respons-able: able to choose your respons!” 19
  17. 17. Stimulus and ResponseStimulus  Proactive Response Freedom to Choose Self-Awareness……..Heart Imagination………….Mind Conscience…………..Spirit Independent Will…….Body Reactive Stimulus Response 20
  18. 18. Circle of InfluenceCircle ofConcern 21
  19. 19. “Proactive people focus their efforts in their circle of influence, causing the circle of influence to increase Reactive people focus their effort in the circle of concern.The negative energy generated by that focus causes the circle of influence to shrink” 22
  20. 20. “Anytime we think the problem is out there, that thought is the problem”“Anytime we think the problem is out there, 23 that thought is the problem”
  21. 21. You can choose your language ZReactive:  Proactive:I must I preferIf only I willThey made me I chooseIf I had I can be 24
  22. 22. Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind“Would you tell me, please,which way I ought to gofrom here?” "That depends a gooddeal on where you want toget to," said the Cat. "I don’t much carewhere," said Aleha. "Then it doesn’t matterwhich way you go," said theCat. 26
  23. 23. Personal Mission Statement Your purpose and meaning life Example"My mission is to champion others to growpersonally, professionally, emotionallyand spiritually by using my compassion,my unique perspective, and my belief inothers inherent goodness, integrity, andenormous potential.“ 27
  24. 24. Is the script you are living in harmony with your values?  28
  25. 25. Habit 3: Put first things first demonstration. 30What is the lesson?
  26. 26.  31
  27. 27. The Time Management Matrix Urgent Not Urgent •Exam tomorrow Planning, goal settingImportant •Friend gets injured •Paper due in a week •Late for work/class •Exercise •Project due today •Relationships/relaxation •Unimportant phone •Too much TVNot Important calls •Endless phone calls •Interruptions •Excessive computer •Other people’s small games problems •Window Shopping •Peer pressure •Other time wasters •Facebook & Internet 32
  28. 28. The Time Management Matrix Urgent Not Urgent I The Procrastinator II The Visionary Stress Burnout  Vision, perspective BalanceImportant Crisis management Discipline Always putting out fires Control Few crises III The Yes-man IV The SlackerNot Important Short-term focus Total irresponsibility Crisis management Fired from jobs Reputation-chameleon type Dependent on others or character institutions for basics See goals and plans as worthless Feel victimized, out of control Shallow or broken relationships 33
  29. 29. It’s almost impossible to say NO to the popularityof urgent, non important matters, if you don’t have 34 a bigger YES burning inside
  30. 30. Private Victory  H1. Be proactive – you are the programmerH3. First things first H2. End in mindYou run the program write the program 36
  31. 31. Public Victory – The art of influencing  H5. Seek 1st to Understand andH4. Win/Win then to be understood H6. Synergy 37
  32. 32. Habit 4: Think Win/win Win-win is like anall you can eat buffet. 38
  33. 33. “You can only achieve win/win solutions with win/win processes” 39
  34. 34. Emotional Bank Account The Emotional Bank Account is a metaphorfor the amount of trust that exists in yourrelationships. 40
  35. 35. EBA Deposits and Withdrawals  41PG: 39
  36. 36. Habit 5 Seek First to Understand,Then to be UnderstoodCommunication solves problems.Listen to people sincerely. 43
  37. 37.  44
  38. 38. “We have such a tendency to fix things up withgood advice, but often we fail to take the time to diagnose, to really deeply understand another  human being first” 45
  39. 39. Don’ts of Empathic Listening  Judge Probe Advise 46
  40. 40. Do’s of Empathic Listening  Reflect feeling. Reflect meaning. Use Empathic Listening starters. 47
  41. 41. Empathic Listening Starters  So if I am understanding you correctly, you’re saying… What I’m hearing is… You seem… You must have felt… You feel _______ about ________. if I am understanding you correctly, you’re saying… What I’m hearing is… You seem… You must have felt… You feel _______ about ________. 48
  42. 42. Habit 6:Synergize “The whole is greaterthan the sum of its parts” 50
  43. 43. Habit 6 Synergize Open-mindedness. Teamwork. New ways to do things. Work together to achieve more. Celebrate differences. A fruit salad is delicious precisely because each fruit maintains its own flavor. 51
  44. 44. In order to have influence,you have to open yourself up to bé influenced  52
  45. 45. Creative Cooperation  Reflect View Point Check Willingness Create New Ideas 53
  46. 46. Sharpen the Saw Physical Exercise, Nutrition Stress Management PQ Mental To Live Social/Emotional Reading, Visualizing Service, Empathy Planning, Writing Synergy, Intrinsic Security IQ EQTo Learn To Love Spiritual Value Clarification & Commitment, Study & Meditation To Leave SQ a Legacy 55
  47. 47. Activities to develop intelligence Mental Physical Action planning  Competitive sport Time management  Working out-Gym Strategy games-chess/bridge  Martial arts- Karate Reading (non fiction)  Physical tasks/ targets Reviewing  Extreme sports Gathering information  Archery/shooting Clearing clutter  Hunting/fishing Ordering/tidying up  Mountaineering Organising wardrobe/desk  Studying body language 56
  48. 48. Activities to develop intelligence Spiritual Social/Emotional Reading Holy Books Relaxation / Meditation  Artistic: Painting Walk in nature  Poetry Being in or near water Slow hot both  Pottery Proper diet  Playing/ self expression Gardening Massage- Aromatherapy  Doing the unfamiliar Meditation  Brainstorming Quiet time with family 57
  49. 49. Dependence 7 habits - overviewIndependence Habits 1, 2 and 3 Habits 4, 5 and 6 Interdependent Habit 7 The pathway of the 7habits 58