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I thought I’d take a step away from our regular weekly round up series to take a final look at the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People* posts I’ve been running throughout February.
I first looked at the 7 Habits back in 2008, at this point I was just really starting my self-improvement journey and thought that the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People would be a good place to start.
It was interesting to take a look back at the 7 Habits, especially as they’re still some of the most popular articles on this blog.
You can view the posts in my new series below:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Redux : Overview An overview (really!) of what that 7 habits are
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Redux: Habit 1 – Be Proactive What is being proactive, why is it important and how will it help us interact with others?
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Redux: Habit 2 – Begin with the end in mind – We need to know what we want to achieve before we set to to get it
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Redux: Habit 3 – Put First Things First Once we know what we want, we need to know the steps to take in order to attain it
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Redux: Habit 4 – Think Win/Win Compromise is key when dealing with other people
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Redux: Habit 5 – Seek first to understand then to be understood In order to communicate with people you have to listen empathically to them rather than just listening
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Redux: Habit 6 – Synergize Bring all of the first 5 habits together and you create a relationship that is strong and built on trust
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Redux: Habit 7 – Sharpen The Saw We need to look after ourselves as well as other people
What did I learn from revisiting the 7 habits?
I learnt that I was still practicing being proactive quite well, and more often than not I was trying to practice empathic listening. I certainly try to achieve a win/win outcome if it’s at all possible.
I think the issues that I’m having with the 7 Habits revolve around habits 2 and 3. I don’t necessarily know what I want and therefore don’t really “put first things first”. I think maybe this is because I haven’t develed as deep into myself as Covey wants us to go (Hey, I’m English so I’m allowed to be repressed, okay?!) so I think that this is something I really need to work on and re-reading The 7 Habits has helped me to realise this.
Overall I still think the book is relevant even though it’s over 20 years old. Unlike some personal management books, the 7 Habits* still stands the test of time and can help parents, spouses, children, employees and managers (amongst others) with their relationships with others and themselves.
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