I am traveling this week in India for the 13th CSI/IFPUG International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference: “Creating Value from Measurement”. Read more about it here. In the meantime, enjoy some classic content, and I’ll be back with new blog entries next week.
Over eight of the past 9 weeks I have chronicled my re-read of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. As I noted when I began this endeavor, this book and the advice it has provided have been helpful for me as I have addressed the turning points in my life. The habits that Stephen Covey posits are a framework that reminds me that decisions and growth come from my core values. Our values, which we own, control and refine our circle of influence. Our circle of influence, those areas that we can effect, can be expanded by being proactive, having an end in mind, knowing what to put first, thinking win-win, listening, finding synergy in the world around us and continually sharpening the saw. In other words, through the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The impact I have on the world requires constant reinforcement. And in an environment that emphasizes what I should be concerned about without providing access to the tools to expand my circle of influence, I need to take control of our both my circle of concern and influence. I think it is important to take a step back on a daily or weekly basis to reflect and remind myself about what is really important. It helps me make sure that my focus is true.
Whether today or sometime in the future, everyone will face real concerns, concerns that we can and should deal with. Ignoring them is not an option. In his lecture, Slaying The Dragon Within Us, Jordan Peterson says “if we don’t deal with our dragons they will continue to grow” The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provide us with tools to understand how to deal with our dragons.
One final thought, if you don’t have a copy of the book, buy one (I would loan you mine, but I suspect I will read it again). If you use the link below it will support the Software Process and Measurement blog and podcast. Dead Tree Version Kindle Version
The re-read entries:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Reread
- “Be proactive” – We are responsible for our own lives.
- “Begin with the end in mind” – Know what you want your life to really mean.
- “Put first things first” – Exert the will to focus on what is important.
- “Think win/win” – Seek mutual benefit.
- “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” – Three words, listen and hear.
- “Synergize” – Combine ideas and create new alternatives.
- “Sharpen the saw” – Preserve, enhance and renew yourself.