The Seven Habits of Covey (II)

We talked about Steven Covey and’Los seven habits of highly efectiva’ people. Perhaps you find it interesting but dense and you say, ‘Well, but what habits have to train? Perhaps you have browsed the book and you have become an idea but still do not have a clear overview.

I present here a brief explanation of the seven habits proposed to be served motivation or guidance when reading the book.

1. Be proactive.

The first thing to internalize to reach the end of the process is proactive. This is not blame others for what is happening to you and you to be aware and assume that their decisions were that led where you are. Well, you know your actions. Now tell yourself: “I’m here because of the choices I made, but tomorrow I want to be there.”

Proactivity is based on guided by our values, not to give others control over our decisions and our development work continuously seeking to influence those in our immediate environment.

2. Begin with the end in mind.

If we start every day of our lives knowing what we do and where we’re headed, sure to get personal leadership.

To develop this habit there is a fundamental tool personal mission, a statement based on our principles and values, so that allows us to make decisions derived from them. Identify your profound mission in life. What moves your inner self?

Before finding your personal mission you must find your center, which is given by the way they view the world. Our center is our source of greater security and is a guide for our decisions. To develop the second habit you must find the right one center, one based on principles that do not change with time or under other circumstances. It is the ethical character of which we speak in the first approaches to the book.

Wrong centers are, for example, family, money, possessions, power and work, as they may change over time. When one analyzes based on principles and weigh all possibilities without erroneous decisions affecting centers. Love, honesty, are, for example, suitable centers.

3. Put first things first.

Once you have developed the first 2 habits it is in a position to implement the third: prioritize.

Almost everyone is looking to organize time, but almost nobody cares about organizing their priorities, which is always more effective. The point is that to be truly effective, you must put the really important over the urgent, urgent and it is only important to others.

Able to develop this habit implement the principle of our action plans to achieve significant purposes applies.

4. Think win / win.

The culture in which we live is framed in the concept-I win you lose. In my experience, although many companies already operates the win-win principle, there is still a long way until humanity work in this way. Perhaps, in personal relationships, it is more frequent. From small we see in school, then college, later at work, in politics and in business. We have installed in the head chip competition instead of collaboration chip.

To be truly effective we think win / win in all our relationships, “there is enough for everyone.”

The victory of one is not always the way of the other. Develop the habit fourth means that both sides of any agreement will always benefited

5. Before seeking to be understood, to understand.

It is difficult to interact with others, talk or live without problems: the root of these problems lies in the difficulty of understanding one another.

The fifth habit is to learn to listen, to understand others from their own perspective (empathy). If we can develop this habit we can not only avoid interpersonal problems, but forward, with more agility, processes with win / win solutions.

6. Synergize.

THE WHOLE IS MORE THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS, that means synergy. Creating this habit requires teamwork, which, when based on trust and principles, generating creativity, innovation and effectiveness.

7. Sharpen the saw.

The development of this habit is when we are able to do maintenance and beneficial innovations to other habits. It is a continuous process: what good is continually saw if not sharpen the saw? We could not sawed more.

I hope this little approach to the seven habits you an idea of ​​the way that Covey proposes you and serve to initiate a reflection on the point of the way in which you find yourself Who said that much of it, with your knowledge and intuition, not do you know yourself?