Habit 6: Synergize

“Valuing the differences is the essence of synergy—the mental, the emotional, the psychological differences between people. And the key to valuing those differences is to realize that all people see the world, not as it is, but as they are.”   —Stephen R. Covey Simply defined, Synergy means that the whole is greater than the sum …

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

“Satisfied needs do not motivate. It’s only the unsatisfied need that motivates. Next to physical survival, the greatest need of human beings is psychological survival—to be understood, affirmed, validated, and appreciated.” —Stephen R. Covey Theodore Roosevelt is credited for saying, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” That statement …

Habit 3: Put First Things First

“When you have too many top priorities, you effectively have no top priorities. Regarding strategic goals, it’s important that they are few, prioritized, and measurable.” —Stephen R. Covey  We’ve all heard the phrase, “If everyone is special then nobody is special.” There’s a lot of truth to that. Not every movie becomes a blockbuster hit. …

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

“Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us.”  —Stephen R. Covey Habit Two: Begin With The End In Mind is a principle of power unique to humans. In an article posted in Psychology Today, titled: The Power of ‘Then’: The Uniquely Human Capacity to Imagine Beyond the Present, we learn …

Balancing Your Production with Your Production Capability

What does it mean to be effective or efficient? In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey defines it as, “getting superb results today (production) in a way that allows us to get those results over and over again (production capability).” Covey calls it the P/PC balancing act. If we focus only …