#152 – 7 Habits of the Highly Effective People – My Takeaways.

My boss gave me two books as Gift. The first one was “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and the Second one ” 8th Habit” – both by Steven Covey. I am sure, Many of the Readers would have read them too and many of you would have liked them.
The Team also attended a day long workshop dealing with the First book subjects. Here is my TakeAway from the Workshop I attended few years ago. ( I think I mentioned about my old habit of keeping notes/ Diaries for nearly 40 years. Digitisation is helping me to throw away the old diaries while retaining the Good old articles and Learnings captured over the years.)
I very much liked this book and the workshop. As I have said, in my articles before – Being a visual person – I like to visualise things. Coming below is a great diagram which explains how people like me learn – the Visual way ! A picture makes things more clear to me and similar people like me and helps us understand things clearly. Verbose essays and non-fiction does not help me to Remember the Book by One Sentence, One Paragraph or One Page as a takeaway – as I used to boast when I was young and a voracious, speed reader. Post marriage, things begin to change and with each transfer my carefully built libraries were perforce donated under watchful eyes of my wife – I started transiting towards more Online reading, ebooks and Live reading. Internet also opened many doors for me to search in the virtual world and satiate my hunger for new knowledge, ideas, concepts and self-help, self-development.
So I came out with just one Take away from this program – ” Begin with an End in the Mind”. My boss was not quite happy. He wanted me to remember by rote all the 7 and the non-workshopped 8th Habit as well. ( I had no intention of earning any ‘brownie points’). In all fairness to the Great Writer – I decided to learn the messages in the book in my own way.
(The fact is that many of such workshops and training programs go with me drawing Doodles on the notepads which these training companies supply. No disrespect meant – I understand that Doodles like the one below actually convey our ‘Understanding’ of the subject and is a creative way, I agree ! ).
I came across nice Pictorial story which I share below. This story taught me ” Think Win-Win” ! No words are required to explain. Apart from Win Win – it also give the Essence of the book “Blue Ocean Strategy” and the concept of Collaboration.
The Picture Below helped me clear all cob-webs and get one thing clear – Put First Things First. The Business of Business is Make Money. Profit is Not a Bad Word and we exist in Business as Managers, Workers or Directors in C Suite to Make Money for the Business.
The following Prioritization/ Time Management/ Decision making matrix helped me to understand what is Important, What is Urgent and What is Urgent and Important. My boss help me here. He had a habit of taking copious notes in meetings but his spiral Note book was always mentally divided in 4 Quadrants that Steven Covey talked about and his Notes would always have the Most Important and Urgent ‘Capture’ in a certain corner for his future Execution of plans ! Great way to Mentor I thought !
1. Be Proactive
First, elaborating on my learning process and How Do we learn thru this wonderful graphic I came across. My learning happens at the Visual Levels.

  • adjective:descriptive of any event or stimulus or process that has an effect on events or stimuli or processes that occur subsequently

    Example: “Proactive inhibition”

  • adjective: (of a policy or person or action) controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond to it after it happens
2. Begin with the End in Mind
Helps us make a Goal. Helps us to Plan the Steps. Help us create the To Do Lists.

3. Put First Things First
Prioritising Things.
4. Think Win Win
Explained thru the story picture above.
5. Seek First to Understand then be understood
7. Sharpen the Saw
And finally, Don’t Worry, Be Happy as Worrying….
Steven Covey
I would be keen to know what is your learning style? How do you learn? How do you TakeAway from a book or a workshop, seminar, lecture ?