I recently finished reading “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People”. My dad gave me the book. Being retired now, my dad felt that some of the books that benefitted his career might benefit mine. Even though the book was printed in 1990, there were many messages and stories presented that were relevant to me today.
I would like to share some of the points within the book that really hit home for me. I will be paraphrasing and drawing from my own interpretations of what I read, so please forgive me if my interpretation or understanding isn’t the same as yours.
1. The Story of the Golden Goose and P/PC Balance (production and production capability).
Stephen R. Covey’s definition of effectiveness was obviously the central thread in the book that tied all other stories and points within the book together. P/PC balance was often referred to many times throughout the book.
“… the story shows, true effectiveness is a function of two things: what is produced (the golden eggs) and the producing asset… (the goose).”
I try to apply most of the information delivered within the book to both my personal (family) life and my professional life. Striking a balance between “production” and “production capability” or the capacity to produce is necessary to achieving true effectiveness with my family and my career.
2. Proactive Focus. “Positive energy enlarges the Circle Of Influence.”
A positive attitude and confidence in combination with hard work, focus and determination are key to achieving positive results. Practiced in good times and not-so-good times, positive energy allows me to deliver consistently positive results in sales.
Since reading the book, I find myself occasionally measuring my circle of influence and can now identify opportunities that have come my way as my circle of influence increased throughout my career.
3. Begin With The End In Mind.
This point was huge for me. I am now thinking about what kind of legacy I will leave with my family and my career. Although a little morbid, the exercise of writing down how you want your peers and your loved ones to remember you when you are gone is really helpful.
4. The Personal Mission Statement
Creating my personal mission statement provides focus and direction for the type of person I want to be. It includes the central principles for effective living. My personal mission statement
can be found here
5. The Time Management Matrix and Quadrant II
Love quadrant 2… stay in quadrant 2!... Learning to say no, staying focused, using my mission statement as a guide, staying principle centred.
6. The Emotional Bank Account.
I must say that this section of the book offered one of the most prolific paradigm-shifting moments. This is an area I feel I have overlooked in my personal life and am working to change. Life becomes easier and more effective when you work to make deposits in the emotional bank accounts of the ones you love.
Understanding the individual, attending to the little things, keeping commitments, clarifying expectations, showing personal integrity and apologizing sincerely when I make a withdrawal are all key points that I will try to remember always.
7. Think Win / Win or No Deal!
Like many of Stephen R. Covey’s teachings within his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “win / win or no deal” seems like common sense, but common sense sometimes takes a back seat to ambition, beating sales targets, promotions, commissions, etc.
Especially in business I want companies I work with to trust that I want to win and I want them to win. For the sake of a healthy long-term business relationship this is the only way… or no deal!
So there you have it. My 7 paradigm-shifting points from “The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful People”. I would love to hear what points hit home for you. Comment on my blog