Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Posted by Matthias Günther
  • p 20: "We stopped trying to clone him in our own image or measure him against social expectations."
  • p 21: "Vital difference between Personality Ethic and the Character Ethic of success"
  • p 22: "You always reap what you sow."
  • p 23: nice def of paradigms - it is like a map and a map is simply an explanation of certain aspects of the territory => we all know, the map is not the territory
  • p 24: two categories of maps in our heads
    • way things are
    • way things should be
  • p 24: "The way we see things is the source of the way we think and the way we act."
  • p 28: "We simply cannot maintain wholeness if we talk and walk differently than we see."
  • p 28: "We see the world as we are, not as it is."
  • p 29: paradigm shift
  • p 37: "Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education."
  • p 46:"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
  • p 47
    • Knowledge = what to do and why
    • Skill = how to do
    • Desire = want to (motivation)
  • p 51: "Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make."
  • p 54: P/PC Balance is the very essence of effectiveness
    • P = Production
    • PC = Production Capability
  • p 58: "Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat yo to be a customer."
  • p 60: "No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside."
  • p 70: fundamental principle about the nature of man: "Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose"
  • p 71: "pro-activity means that we are responsible for our own lives."
  • p 80: difference between the verb love and love: "Love - the feeling - is the fruit of love, the verb"
  • p 83-84: Circle of Concerns and Circle of Influence
  • p 96: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • p 98: "If you carefully consider what you wanted to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success."
  • p 99: all things are created twice => in your image and then manifested in the reality
  • p 101: "Management is doing things right, Leadership is doing the right things"
  • p 103: Management paradigm
    • thinking of control
    • security
    • guidance
    • Leadership
    • direction
    • purpose
    • family feeling
  • p 110: four life-support factors
    • security
    • guidance
    • wisdom
    • power
  • p 138: "The core of any family is what is changeless: a shared vision and values"
  • p 149: time management in one phrase: "Organize and execute around priorities"
  • p 154: "Effective people are not problem-minded, they are opportunity-minded." - Peter Drucker
  • p 158: "The way you spend your time is a result of the way you see your time."
  • p 169: "You simple can’t think efficiency with people."
  • p 173: two kinds of delegation:
    • gofer (do this, do that, direct orders)
    • stewardship (focus on results, instead of methods)
  • p 185: "There can be no friendship without confidence and no confidence without integrity."
  • p 190: "Building and repairing relationships are long-term investments."
  • p 195: "Integrity is conforming reality with words."
  • p 199–200: unconditional love for someone is great
  • p 213: Win/Win or No Deal
  • p 237: "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."
  • p 240: empathic listening means listening with intent to understand
  • p 241: greatest insights in the field of motivation: "Satisfied needs do not motivate"
  • p 243: "Diagnose before you prescribe"
  • p 255: "ethos, pathos and logos"
    • ethos is your personal credibility, the faith people have in your integrity and competency
    • pathos is the empathic side
    • logos is the logic, the reasoning part of the presentation
  • p 257: "Being influence-able is the key to influence others."
  • p 277: "value the differences, be objective with your paradigms and try to understand other people
  • p 279: driving and restraining forces
  • p 299: "The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul." Daniel O. McKay
  • p 301: "Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be." - Goethe
  • p 319: "We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and know this place for the first time." - T. S. Elliot