‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ is a best seller written by Stephen Covey. A habit is an intersection of knowledge, skill and desire – the knowledge is what to do, the skill is how to do it and the desire is the motivation to want to do it. In order to make anything a habit in our lives, we have to have all three aspects.
The Seven Habits move us through the following stages:
- Dependence: the paradigm under which we are born, relying upon others to take care of us.
- Independence: the paradigm under which we can make our own decisions and take care of ourselves.
- Interdependence: the paradigm under which we cooperate to achieve something that cannot be achieved independently.
The first 3 habits I will discuss focus on achieving private victories and moving from dependence to independence. The next 3 habits then address moving from independence to interdependence. Finally the seventh habit focuses on continuous improvement and development.
The 7 habits all help to develop and get the most out of highly effective people. It is very people focused and concentrates on building your relationships with others. The more you listen to them and abide by them, the more effective your life will become.