Motivational speaker Stephen Covey, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” author, dead at 79.
We at CommLab try to practice and live 7 habits every single day. We also conduct hour Power – A weekly training program where we contemplate and share our stories of how we are trying to live these habits.
This has really transformed our lives and relationships with our employees and clients worldwide. These are universal principles but very few practice them.
I had a good fortune to attend one of Dr. Covey’s seminars when he came to India a couple of years ago. He truly lived these 7 habits. It is an honor to know about his work and live in the same era as he did. Some major learning from his work at a personal level has been:
Work on your character rather than your personality – these are the roots to a very healthy and fruitful tree.
Create an Emotional Bank Account and keep making small deposits like keep promises, seek first to understand, set clear expectations. These small deposits go a long way in building trust and healthier relationships.
Nurture your true self by working on the four endowments – Body, Mind, Heart and Soul.
We try hard every single day to live by these habits!
|1. Be Proactive||I am product of my choice||I am free to choose and I am responsible for my choices|
|2. Begin With the End in Mind||I live by design||A mental creation precedes physical creation|
|3. First Things First||I put important things first||Effectiveness requires the integrity to act on your priorities|
|4. Think Win-Win||There is plenty out there for everyone and more to spare||Effective, long term relationships require mutual respect and mutual benefit|
|5. Seek First to Understand, then to Be Understood||I listen with the intend to understand||To communicate effectively, we must understand each other|
|6. Synergize||Together, we can create a better way, a higher way||The whole is greater than the parts|
|7. Sharpen the saw||I nurture the goose that lays the golden eggs||To maintain and increase effectiveness, we must renew ourselves in body, heart, mind and soul.|
We at CommLab will really miss him.