In my management workshops, the 7 habits provide the framework for the second day. After examining various management styles on day 1, we look at the habits as a vehicle for transformation.
These habits represent timeless success principles that may be used personally, inter-personally and across the organisation. Much of what we get in life is a product of who we fundamentally are and we can change ourselves, for the better, if we are repared to put in the effort.
Habit 1 – Be Proactive
You can’t control what life throws at you, but you can control your reaction. That is the essence of this character habit.
Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind
Ensure that you get clarity on what is really important to you in life and then encapsulate that within your mission and your goals.
Habit 3 – Put First Things First
Develop a strong focus on your mission and your goals and make sure that you do not allow urgent, pressing matters to distract you from giving them your proper attention.
Habit 4 – Think Win-Win
When dealing with other people, be absolutely committed to finding solutions that truly benefit both parties.
Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
In all discussions, put your own interests to one side and really try to invest time in trying to understand the other person properly before to attempt to be understood.
Habit 6 – Synergize
Put your head together with other people to create new and better solutions that truly offer win-win benefits.
Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw
Dedicate yourself to the process of continual improvement. Get fit, eat properly, look after your mind and stay connected with the power in the universe.
Also see my article for more on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.