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