RIP Stephen Covey 1932-2012

My first (civilian) job after college was for a Fortune 500 Company in financial sales.  The company provided excellent training on both our products and the consultative sales process but I don’t think I would have been successful without an element that my new boss added to the curriculum…it was Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Program.  For those of you not familiar with the book/program it provides a values based structure… not just to help you achieve your goals, but also to live a fulfilling life.  Covey’s 7 Habits program is just as useful for those of us seeking to become more self-reliant as it was for the future entrepreneur I was then.

For his support of and contributions to America’s entrepreneurial spirit Stephen Covey is the latest inductee onto the’s Wall of Honor.

To review Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits continue reading:

Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits

  1.  Be Proactive:  Take the initiative and realize that your decisions are the primary determining factor for your effectiveness. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.
  2. Begin with the End in Mind:  Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Identify your various roles and relationships and envision the ideal characteristics for each.
  3. Put First Things First: Prioritize, plan, and execute your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich your roles and relationships.
  4. Think Win-Win:  Strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution.
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood:  Use empathic listening to create an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.
  6. Synergize:  Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone.
  7. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw:  Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes on exercise for physical renewal, prayer (mediation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal as well as service to society for spiritual renewal.
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