Sample Book Review on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

In this synopsis, the seven habits are habits that focus on effectiveness. They are based on principles, and bring the maximum long-term beneficial results, as much as possible. These principles become the basis of a person’s character, thus empowering a capacity with which an individual can effectively solve problems. These canons also help an individual to maximize opportunities, and continually learn and integrate other canons in an upward trend of growth. In addition, they base their ideals on the paradigm of effectiveness that is in harmony with a natural law.

Habit 1: Be Proactive – Principles of Personal Visio

In the management literature, proactivity is the situation where human beings are responsible for their own lives. People have a reactive character are mainly affected by weather, but proactive people carry their own weather with them. To be proactive means to recognize responsibility so that to make things happen. Individuals who end up with the good jobs are those who seize the initiative to do whatever is necessary and consistent with the correct principles so that they can ensure that the job is done. People who have a proactive character work on the circle of influence. This habit leads to time management since the  more proactive one is, the more he/she can make mistakes. The proactive approach acknowledges a mistake instantly, corrects it, and learns from it.

This habit helps an individual to be self-determined, have different choices, and have power to decide and respond to conditions, circumstances, and stimuli.


Habit 2: Talks about begin with the End in Mind

This means that an individual should know where he/she is going to understand his or her destination competently. He/she can then take the next step in the right direction. For example, we may be very efficient when we work frenetically and heedlessly, but the effectiveness will only come when we begin with the result in mind. Firstly, an individual needs to develop a personal mission statement. This mission describes what we want to be and to do. The mission statement is needed by the organization too. People might be busy and efficient, but they can also be truly effective only when they “begin with the end in mind.” When an individual begins with the end in mind, he/she gain a different, effective perspective.

This habit is essential since it enables an individual to remain focused to perceive and act towards his/her goals. It builds a platform to avoid any distraction and hence become more productive and successful in life.

Habit 3 – Put First Things First

This habit involves self-leadership and self-management, that is, “Putting first things first.” For example, leadership decides what the first things are, and management is the discipline of carrying out your program. According to Peter Drucker, the expression “time management” is the discipline of carrying out specific programs. The amount of time is constant no matter what we do; the challenge we face is to manage ourselves. An effective manager must organize and execute priorities effectively.

This habit enables an individual to be organized and implement several activities in line with specific aims. It leads to physical creation, especially in time management.

Habit 3 – Seek To Understand, and then Be Understood

Listening is the most important word to keep in mind in mastering this habit. Listening skills are vital especially towards your colleagues, friends, and customers, but not with the intent to convince, reply, or manipulate. When an individual understands through listening, he or she is able to see how the other party sees things. In addition, when someone listens emphatically, he has the ability to understand himself in an emotional and intellectual manner.

These habits can apply to explain simple analogies such as ‘diagnose before you prescribe’. It is very effective and simple to apply. It is essential particularly when maintaining and developing a positive relationship in all aspects of life.

Habit 5 – Think ‘Win/Win’

Win-win is a habit that has a total philosophy of human interaction. It is a frame of mind that seeks mutual benefit that is constant during interactions of human interactions. Therefore, win-win means that agreements are mutually beneficial and mutually satisfying. The win-win solution enables all parties to feel committed and good about the decision and action plan.

The win-win habit is achieved through cooperative efforts with one another. It relies mostly on the assumption that ‘there is always plenty for everyone.’ Therefore, success will follow a cooperative approach that is more natural than the instances of win or lose.

Habit 6 – Synergize

The synergy habit is the highest activity of life. It enables an individual to create new, untapped alternatives, which are things that do not yet exist. The greatest powers of the people are unleashed. The form of synergy that is  highest concentrates on  the four unique human endowments: the motive of win-win, and skills of empathic communication, especially on the toughest challenges that they face in life. Therefore, synergy is the essence of principle-centered parenting and leadership.

This canon talks about how the whole is better than some of its parts. Therefore, it can be used to lay down a challenge to see the good and potential especially in the other person’s contribution.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

This habit is preserving and enhancing for the greatest asset that people have. It entails renewing the four dimensions of nature, which are physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional. Sharpening the saw means expressing all four motivations in a wise and balanced way. Therefore, to be effective, we need to recognize the importance of taking time regularly to enable this habit be proactive in the four dimensions.

A manager should feed and develop people in spiritual, mental, physical, and social/emotional aspects to enhance the greatest assets that people have, and hence lead to rises in productivity.