Willbablog September 2014

Who do YOU NEED in your team?  

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Steven Covey is the author of this fantastic book.

Working within the creative industries no doubt you will be working with people. Whether as a single person starting up a sole trader business or with a partner or as part of a cooperative….. no matter what happens you WILL have to work as part of a team.

“ no man (or woman) is an island” as the saying goes ..what I mean by this is as follows:….

Independence

The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e., self-mastery):

▪   Habit 1: Be Proactive

Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.

▪   Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.

▪   Habit 3: Put First Things First

A manager must manage his own person. Personally. And managers should implement activities that aim to reach the second habit. Covey says that rule two is the mental creation; rule three is the physical creation.

Interdependence

The next three habits talk about Interdependence (e.g. working with others):

▪   Habit 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 got his way.

▪   Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by 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.

▪   Habit 6: Synergize

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

Continuous Improvements

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

▪   Habit 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, 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, and 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.

We here at Willbaforce Ltd are determined to affect change via education and empowerment.  Welcome to the first of our “Creative Entrepreneurship”  posts as part of our run up to “Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014” that will take place between the 17th-23rd November 2014.

Keep being Creative People!

Ms Willbaforce