The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The current book up for review by the GAL Connect Book Club will be The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey. In his book, Covey believes the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions. To illustrate this, Covey does a wonderful job of giving us examples on how each habit becomes part of a blueprint for development, not just in our work lives but in our personal lives as well.

The date for our part two of this book Webinar Book Discussion has been set for December 7th, 2017 @ Noon, Eastern Time. Save the Date! More information and a calendar invitation will be forthcoming in the future as well as information by e-mail, on the GAL Connect Facebook page and on the GAL Connect! Webpage. Due to its size and to make sure that we properly cover the material, we are reviewing next four (4) habits at the time. (Part 2)

The book is available in print, Kindle, Nook and audio at a nominal investment. It may also be available through the library system. We are excited about this opportunity for learning and growth together and hope you will consider joining us. You may go ahead now and obtain the book and begin preparing for an exciting, lively and informative discussion ahead.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey (Author) – Available at: Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Books-A-Million

Dr. Stephen Covey’s concepts from his book actually can help people to grow, change, and become more effective in really any other aspect of human responsibility that you might imagine.

Covey’s Seven Habits are easy to understand, but like all the best and simplest models, can be a little more difficult to apply in practice. The ‘Habits’ seem very simple, and in many ways they are, yet to varying degrees they may entail quite serious changes to thinking and acting. Be inspired by Covey’s ideas nevertheless. They are wonderful.

The ‘Seven Habits’ are a remarkable set of inspirational and aspirational standards for anyone who seeks to live a full, purposeful and good life, and are applicable today more than ever, as the business world – and life beyond business and work – become more attuned to humanist concepts. Here is a quick summary of the last 4 habits. I encourage you to explore and use his ideas.



4 – Think Win-Win

Genuine feelings 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 than if only one person in the situation had gotten their way. Think Win-Win isn’t about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.

5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Use empathic listening to genuinely understand a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.

The Habit 5 is greatly embraced in the Greek philosophy represented by 3 words:

1) Ethos – your personal credibility. It’s the trust that you inspire, your Emotional Bank Account.

2) Pathos is the empathic side — it’s the alignment with the emotional trust of another person communication.

3) Logos is the logic — the reasoning part of the presentation.

The order is important: ethos, pathos, logos — your character, and your relationships, and then the logic of your presentation.

6 – Synergize

Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals that no one could have done alone.

Continuous Improvements[edit]

The final habit is that of continuous improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence.

7 – Sharpen the Saw

Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, good prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.

Covey explains the “Upward Spiral” model in the sharpening the saw section. Through our conscience, along with meaningful and consistent progress, the spiral will result in growth, change, and constant improvement. In essence, one is always attempting to integrate and master the principles outlined in The 7 Habits at progressively higher levels at each iteration. Subsequent development on any habit will render a different experience and you will learn the principles with a deeper understanding. The Upward Spiral model consists of three parts: learn, commit, do. According to Covey, one must be increasingly educating the conscience in order to grow and develop on the upward spiral. The idea of renewal by education will propel one along the path of personal freedom, security, wisdom, and power.[3]