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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was written by Stephen R Covey in 1989 This book has been on the National Best Seller list Many people have attended Coveys seminars on the subject Many companies have required top executives to read this book This book proposes that there are seven habits that can be learned to improve ones personal and interpersonal effectiveness Habit one is to be proactive This habit says that as human beings we are responsible for our own lives Our behavior is a function of our decisions not our conditions We create our own destiny The proactive person acts rather than waiting to be acted upon Habit two is to begin with the end in mind If we paint a visual image of what we want our life to be then we actually provide a standard which we can watch our behaviors We must understand where we want to be going We should develop a personal goal It will provide the direction that we want to live our lives This will force us to give thought to our values and what we want to accomplish in life In the third habit is to put first things first This habit requires good management of time By setting goals of what things are needed to be done first and what can wait will make a more responsible person If time is not an important priority we must say no to reserve time for those things that are higher priority Think WinWin is the fourth habit This habit is base on cooperation rather than competition we must be able to point out our mistakes and take into consideration to others mistakes to have the winwin mentality you must learn to know how to lose and know when you are wrong or have done mistakes Seek first to understand then to be understood is the fifth habit Covey says that we diagnose before we
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