The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Study Guide

Stephen Covey

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Glossary


Character Ethic: (n) the idea of basic principles as the key to effective living. The Character Ethic is formed by integrity, humility, fidelity, justice, patience, industry, and other similar virtues.

conscience: (n) one's inner sense of right and wrong

determinism: (n) the belief all events happen outside the will of an individual, often leading to the implication that because they cannot control events, individuals are not responsible for their actions

empathic: (adj) capable of understanding or vicariously experiencing the feelings of another person

initiative: (n) a beginning step of action

integrity: (n) one's adherence to a code of moral values

Maturity Continuum: (n) a series of life stages that begins with dependence, moves to independence, then reaches interdependence

Mormon: (adj) pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

P/PC: (n) the relationship between production of desired results (P) and production capability (PC). Covey says effectiveness lies within the balance of these related forces.

paradigm: (n) a philosophical and theoretical framework or model

Pareto Principle: (n) a maxim describing the unequal relationship between input and output. Named after economist Vilfredo Pareto, and known also as the 80/20 Rule, it states 80 percent of output stems from just 20 percent of input.

Personality Ethic: (n) the notion that success is a function of personality. Adherents to this model believe attitude and outward behavior are more influential than inner character.

proactive: (adj) acting in advance to resolve future problems or meet needs

Pygmalion effect: (n) the notion that positive expectations positively influence performance whereas negative expectations negatively influence performance

self-fulfilling prophecy: (n) a prediction that becomes true because of an expectation that it will

success literature: (n) 18th-century term for nonfiction texts that provide guidelines for improving one's inner character.

synergy: (n) an interaction of two or more elements with the outcome greater than the mere combination of its parts

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