Stephen Covey – A Tribute to A Highly Effective Man
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Stephen Covey via a tweet by the Tony Robbins and our heartfelt condolences to your family and friends and the people around the world who have had the benefit of your knowledge and teachings whilst you were alive.
When we first read ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People” we realised that this was the ‘Bible’ for life and that anyone who truly desired success could achieve it by applying the principles. It wasn’t a book written for anyone in particular but in fact for everyone. When you read it – it is as if it were written for you.
Our favourite and one we share with our students is Habit # 4 – “Think Win Win”
Whatever we do we always “Think Win Win” with a view to give before we receive and we know that some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time (like Richard Branson) also ‘Think Win Win”
In tribute we quote from Stephen Covey’s ‘Bible’ for Life
“Think Win-Win isn’t about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.
Most of us learn to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition. We think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing–that is, if I win, you lose; or if you win, I lose. Life becomes a zero-sum game. There is only so much pie to go around, and if you get a big piece, there is less for me; it’s not fair, and I’m going to make sure you don’t get anymore.
We all play the game, but how much fun is it really?
Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying. We both get to eat the pie, and it tastes pretty darn good!
A person or organization that approaches conflicts with a win-win attitude possesses three vital character traits:
- Integrity: sticking with your true feelings, values, and commitments
- Maturity: expressing your ideas and feelings with courage and consideration for the ideas and feelings of others
- Abundance Mentality: believing there is plenty for everyone
Many people think in terms of either/or: either you’re nice or you’re tough. Win-win requires that you be both. It is a balancing act between courage and consideration. To go for win-win, you not only have to be empathic, but you also have to be confident. You not only have to be considerate and sensitive, you also have to be brave. To do that–to achieve that balance between courage and consideration–is the essence of real maturity and is fundamental to win-win.”
May You Rest in Peace Stephen Covey knowing that your words of wisom will run on for years to come and help people around the world become the person they deserve to be.
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