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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Study Guide

Stephen Covey

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Part 1, The Seven Habits-an Overview : Paradigms and Principles | Summary


Key Takeaways

  • One's character is a "composite of ... habits."
  • A habit is "the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire." Knowledge is the paradigm, skill is the "how-to," and desire is wanting to do it. All three are necessary in the formation and maintenance of habits.
  • Life can be plotted on a Maturity Continuum. Individuals begin life as dependent on others for survival. Next is independence, when they are able to survive on their own. The end goal of the continuum is interdependence, when they work in harmony with others for the greatest level of success.
  • Dependence is the paradigm of you, independence is the paradigm of I, and interdependence is the paradigm of we.
  • Most people assume independence is the ultimate goal in life, but Covey believes interdependence maximizes one's potential both in business settings and in personal relationships, such as families. However, one must be independent before becoming interdependent; dependent people lack the strength of character for interdependence.
  • Habits 1, 2, and 3 focus on independence, which is the foundation for interdependence. According to Covey, "private victories precede public victories."
  • Habits 4, 5, and 6 are geared toward the "public victories" of interdependence.
  • Habit 7 is the habit of "renewal," or continuous improvement in all dimensions of life.
  • Covey defines effectiveness as the ability to "solve problems, maximize opportunities," and "integrate other principles in an upward spiral of growth." It lies in the balance of P (production of desired results) and PC (production capability).
  • P/PC affects the three types of assets: physical, financial, and human. Physical assets are material goods. Financial assets include income and investments. Human assets are relationships between two or more people.
  • Upsetting or ignoring the P/PC balance can harm assets. For example, pushing employees to produce more goods can result in physical or emotional damage. Conversely, not taking care of one's relationships within an office or family situation can cause strife and lower productivity.
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