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Stephen Covey,A.Roger Merrill

First Things First

    Александр Головняhas quoted10 days ago
    urgency is driving you, what important things—maybe even “first things”—are not receiving your time and attention?
    Александр Головняhas quoted10 days ago
    self-destructive behavior
    Александр Головняhas quoted10 days ago
    blow the smoke off the gun barrel,
    Александр Головняhas quoted18 days ago
    The way we see (our paradigm) leads to what we do (our attitudes and behaviors); and what we do leads to the results we get in our lives. So if we want to create significant change in the results, we can’t just change attitudes and behaviors, methods or techniques; we have to change the basic paradigms out of which they grow. When we try to change the behavior or the method without changing the paradigm, the paradigm eventually overpowers the change. That’s why attempts to “install” total quality or empowerment in organizations are unsuccessful. They can’t be installed; they have to be grown.
    Александр Головняhas quoted19 days ago
    But, bottom-line
    Александр Головняhas quoted20 days ago
    Absorbed in the ascent
    Teishas quoted5 months ago
    We’ve only touched on a few of the items on the list, but consider the difference. Instead of simply managing problems, you’re working on solutions. You’re building people and synergistic relationships. You’re nurturing a Quadrant II mind-set in yourself and others. You’re looking at a schedule and seeing opportunities for improvement. Where others see isolated events, you see systems
    Teishas quoted5 months ago
    Why does my boss need this today?
    • What information am I not supplying regularly that creates this urgent need now?
    • Is there a system I could set up so that the information would be readily available?
    Teishas quoted5 months ago
    In making your decisions, you’d want to pause and connect with conscience. You’d want to:
    • Ask with intent
    • Listen without excuse, and
    • Act with courage
    As you decide what’s most important for you to do, you’d want to think about the conditions of empowerment and consider where you could focus your effort with the greatest positive long-term result.
    You might want to begin by questioning the very nature of each activity:
    • How did this activity come about?
    • Why am I doing it now?
    • What are the underlying reasons for the activity?
    • What are the ultimate objectives?
    • Does this activity contribute to the purpose of the organization?
    • Is this the highest and best use of my capacities and our combined resources?
    Teishas quoted5 months ago
    Our struggle to put first things first can be characterized by the contrast between two powerful tools that direct us: the clock and the compass. The clock represents our commitments, appointments, schedules, goals, activities—what we do with, and how we manage our time. The compass represents our vision, values, principles, mission, conscience, direction—what we feel is important and how we lead our lives
    Teishas quoted5 months ago
    For many of us, there’s a gap between the compass and the clock— between what’s deeply important to us and the way we spend our time
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    Some of us know we’re out of balance, but we don’t have confidence in other alternatives. Or we feel the cost of change is too high. Or we’re afraid to try. It’s easier to just live with the imbalance.
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    We’ve painstakingly climbed the “ladder of success” rung by rung—the diploma, the late nights, the promotions—only to discover as we reached the top rung that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    We feel so guilty over what we’re not doing, we can’t enjoy what we do.
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    The struggle comes when we sense a gap between the clock and the compass—when what we do doesn’t contribute to what is most important in our lives.
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    Our struggle to put first things first can be characterized by the contrast between two powerful tools that direct us: the clock and the compass. The clock represents our commitments, appointments, schedules, goals, activities—what we do with, and how we manage our time. The compass represents our vision, values, principles, mission, conscience, direction—what we feel is important and how we lead our lives.
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    But for most of us, the issue is not between the “good” and the “bad,” but between the “good” and the “best.” So often, the enemy of the best is the good.
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    somewhere between my vision and my daily action, I lose it. How can I translate what really counts into my daily life?
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    Most of the time, I just don’t enjoy life. For every one thing I do, I can think of ten things I don’t do, and it makes me feel guilty. The constant stress of trying to decide what I should do in the middle of all I could do creates a constant tension. How can I know what’s most important? How can I do it? How can I enjoy it?
    b8528843010has quoted8 months ago
    throw wrenches into the works.
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