Habits 1-3

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” 

by Steven R. Covey, PhD

Plan – Present a brief overview of the Covey material, once over from 20,000 feet, with light cloud cover.

Goal – Cultivate interest and conceptual understanding of the material.

Objective – To get you to look into the 7 Habits ideas,

(My hidden agenda: I need help mastering this material! You can’t just read this stuff and internalize it. It helps to teach it and interact with others about it.)

My authority to endorse the 7 Habits? The reasons for my successes can be expressed in terms of living the 7 Habits. Conversely, the reasons for my failures can be expressed in terms ofnot living the 7 Habits.


Paradigms and Principles

Paradigm shift – Paradigms are frameworks for looking at the world (Galileo’s solar system, Newton’s laws of motion, relational databases, object oriented programming).

Character is primary, personality is secondary.

(character ethic vs. personality ethic)

No quick fix.

Perceptions – They way we see the problem is the problem.

Principle-centered: “The Character Ethic is based on the fundamental idea that there are principles that govern human effectiveness – natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably ‘there’ as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.” (Covey p. 32)

Values are maps – maps are not the territory.

Principles are the territory.

Seven Habits Overview

Definition of habit – (see diagram, Covey p. 48)

Intersection of knowledge (knowing why you should do it),

skill (being able to do it),

& desire (feeling like doing it).

Effectiveness lies in the balance between production and production capacity Example – story of the farmer and the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Need to balance physical, financial, and human assets.

Maturity continuum dependence to independence to interdependence

Habits 1, 2, & 3 create private victory, moving you from dependence to independence. Habits 4, 5, & 6 createpublic victory, moving you from independence to interdependence. Habit 7 encircles the whole.

Private Victory

Habit 1. Be pro-active (Principles of Personal Vision)

Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose.

Act vs. be acted upon – The opposite of pro-active is reactive

Listen to our language

Take the initiative

Responsible = response able

Circle of Influence vs. Circle of Concern (see copies of diagrams, Covey p. 81 – 85)

Habit 2. Begin with the end in mind (Principles of Personal Leadership)

Is the ladder of success leaning against the right wall?

Everything is created twice

Mission statements – Personal, family, corporate

Identifying roles & goals

Centers – see copies from Covey p. 119 – 124.

Habit 3. Put first things first (Principles of Personal Management)

Time management matrix


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