Summary and Analysis of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Worth Books
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Summary and Analysis of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Somya Gupta
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Effectiveness requires maintaining a balance between production (“P”) and production capability (“PC”). For example, in the parable of the goose that lays the golden egg, the golden egg is the “P,” or the thing that is produced. The goose is the “PC,” the asset that has the capacity to produce. If you are too focused on P and not PC, or, if you do not invest in PC, P will suffer. For example, if you run a machine too intensely, or push your workers too hard, with the intent of producing more, you will eventually find that the product is not as good: the machine will wear out or the employees will perform at substandard levels due to fatigue. P/PC balance means investing in all levels of the production process. The Seven Habits allow for optimal P/PC balance.
Somya Gupta
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The habits are:

Habit 1: Be Proactive.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.

Habit 3: Put First Things First.

Habit 4: Think Win/Win.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.

Habit 6: Synergize.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
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-management prioritizes the activities of Quadrant II, things that are important but not pressing. It involves organizing time around those goals, roles, and values that are most important to us.
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it stores trust. Everything we say and do in a relationship can constitute a withdrawal or a deposit. Acts of kindness, understanding, and goodwill make up deposits. When the balance is high, the relationship is one of trust and confidence.
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Circle of influence: Those things that you have the power to influence, or concerns over which you can exert control. A proactive person does not dwell on those things that are within the Circle of Concern but outside the Circle of Influence. Once you have identified what is within both circles, however, you can set about implementing changes.
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Emotional Bank Account
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The difference between proactive and reactive people boils down to implementing changes (proactive) as opposed to blaming others (reactive).
Somya Gupta
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Circle of concern: Refers to everything you care about. These could be personal concerns, such as your career, home life, and health, or political and global concerns, such as national affairs or the health of the economy
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The highest goal of an effective person is to achieve unity within the self and in interactions with others. This requires building character. There is no quick fix, but it is possible. Setbacks happen. It is not easy. However, by living according to your principles and implementing new habits, you can become an effective steward of your own life.
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“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”
Somya Gupta
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Intergenerational living is an important component of the inside-out paradigm. Striking a balance between work and family life, and showing interest in both older and younger generations, allows you to be a transition person. A transition person does not continue to pass on ineffective and harmful scripts to the next generation. It is often difficult to change the scripts that have been handed down to us from previous generations, but a proactive person can do it.
Somya Gupta
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To rewrite the script means to change how you view yourself in relation to others, and then change attitudes and behaviors.
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Inside-Out Again
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Operating from the inside-out means that you can take time to find a space between stimulus and response. This occurs first inside yourself, and then shifts outward, as behaviors and patterns begin to change.
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Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Principles of Balance and Self-Renewal

Habit 7 makes all the other habits possible. It is self-preserving and self-enhancing
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Part Four: Renewal
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Synergy refers to creative collaboration in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It requires high levels of trust, cooperation, and effective communication. It is the essence of teamwork and cooperation.

Synergistic Communication

Communicating synergistically means opening your mind to new possibilities instead of being defensive or protective. It operates at a higher level than even respectful communication, in which individuals can respect but do not fully understand one another’s paradigms. Respectful communication can lead to compromise or low-level Win/Win, but it does not have the creative spark of synergistic communication.

Fishing for the Third Alternative

The third alternative refers to an entirely new way of thinking—neither your way, nor my way, nor a compromise. Instead, one is open to new possibilities, and to a new, cooperative method for finding solutions. In order to achieve a third alternative, you must be open to new approaches or influences. This is a truly collaborative and creative way of thinking.

Need to Know: Synergy relies upon the differences between people. Everybody has something to contribute. By valuing the difference between people, you stop trying to change them, and can work together to transcend limits created by different viewpoints. Synergy emerges when all of the first five habits are applied.
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Principles of Creative Cooperation
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Need to Know: Most people use their own life story as the only way to view another person’s experiences. But in order to truly understand another person, you must listen with the intention of seeing things from their perspective. Only then can you adequately make yourself understood
Somya Gupta
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Empathic listening means listening with the intent to understand. This is different from “active” or “reflective” listening, which leads to repetition rather than comprehension. Empathic listening means entering another person’s frame of reference. You might not agree with that person, but you understand that person on an emotional and intellectual level.

Empathic listening is a large deposit into the Emotional Bank Account. People need to feel understood and affirmed, and so, when you listen empathically, you fulfill a human need.

Diagnose Before You Prescribe

The phrase “diagnose before you prescribe” means that you must take the time to fully understand the other person’s problem before you find a solution for it. When you prescribe before you diagnose, it is a sign you are projecting your own autobiography onto another person. Reading other people autobiographically does not lead to optimal results, because you have not truly understood the other person. Only when you listen deeply and begin to understand another person can you appreciate your differences in perception
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