Thursday, May 21, 2009

Personal Effectiveness:

Posted on 1:03 AM by Mirza Muhammad Qayyum Baig

Personal Effectiveness:
Possibly, the most well known model, Stephen Covey’s seven habits provide a simple-to-understand-and-use framework of personal effectiveness.

  • Be Proactive: People are responsible for their own choices and have the freedom to make decisions based on principles and values rather than on moods or conditions.
  • Begin with the end in mind: Individuals, families, teams and organizations must have a clear purpose in mind. They must identify and commit themselves to the principles, relationships and purposes that matter most to them.
  • Put First Things First: Putting first things first means focusing on the most important priorities. Whatever the circumstances, living and being driven by values and key principles is important.
  • Think win-win: Thinking win-win is a frame of mind and heart that seeks mutual benefit and mutual respect in all interactions. Instead of thinking selfishly or like a loser, people should learn to think in terms of “we”, not “me”.
  • Seek first to understand: then to be understood: Listening with the intent to understand others is the essence of communication and relationship building. Opportunities to speak openly and to be understood come much more naturally and easily. Seeking to understand takes consideration; seeking to be understood takes courage. Both consideration and courage are important.
  • Synergize: Synergize means realizing that a third way is better than each party can come up with individually. It’s the fruit of respecting, valuing and even celebrating one another’s differences. It’s about solving problems, seizing opportunities and working out differences. Synergy is also the key to any effective team or relationship.
  • Sharpen the saw: Sharpening the saw means constant renewal in the four basic areas of life: physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual.

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