(Book) The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen R. Covey

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The 7 habits of highly effective people Stephen R. Covey

My summary notes:

Production vs production capability. Short or long term thinking. Getting the output but taking care of the machine.

Read and learn as if you have to teach someone the next day.

Be proactive. Take initiative, take responsibility and ownership. Act or be acted upon. Focus on your circle of influence, not circle of concern.

Begin with the end in mind. Endstate. Everything is created twice, planning and doing. Visualisation.

Important things we tend to delay: Prevention, self-improvement, relationship building, recognising new opportunities, planning, recreation.

Roles: Personal development, spouse, parent, business owner, community service, church member, fellow human.

Stewardship management. Moving yourself away from the fulcrum so output increases, by effectively delegating.

Trust is the highest form of motivation.

Expectations need to be explicit, and at the start of any relationship.

Win/win or no deal.

Four kinds of consequences managers of parents can control: Financial, phycological, opportunity and responsibility.

Bad systems get bad results, even with good people.

Empathetic listening makes a deposit in the person’s emotional bank account.

Diagnose before you prescribe.

Four dimensions of renewal: Physical (exercise, nutrition, stress management), social/emotional (service, empathy, synergy, intrinsic security), spiritual (value clarification and commitment, study and meditation), mental (reading, visualising, planning, writing).

Scripting others, positive affirmation. Reflecting to them what we’d like to see in them.

Change is hard. Follow your conscience. Change your paradigm or role. What do you need to do now that would have the greatest impact? What is life asking of you now?