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7 habits of highly effective people

Kirjoitettu 16.03.14
Esseen kirjoittaja: Sakari Lehto
Kirjapisteet: 2
Kirja: 7 habits of highly effective people
Kirjan kirjoittaja: Stephen Covey
Kategoriat: 1. Oppiminen, 3.2. Yrittäjän taidot ja työkalut

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I’ve been thinking recently about my big goals of learning and achieving – specifically the first smallest steps. That’s also the reason why I’m now writing in English. See, in learning contract I have mentioned my interest to develop international connections and learn more about global trade, so first step would be to start actually speak and write in English.

There are many ways to learn. Reading books or articles is perhaps the most common way of getting information and knowledge but it doesn’t yet mean that learning has happened. Due to ensure learning process you’ll have to make that new information concrete. As a teampreneur I’d say the best way is to bring theory straight to action (learning by doing). The book also mentioned another way – learning by sharing (or teaching). Make noise of that information. The simple idea is that when sharing, you kind of force yourself to understand new information, so you could present it to others. If you don’t know how to present– you don’t understand it yourself, you haven’t learned. That was maybe just a small point in the book but it made me think. I should use more learning by teaching. In TA it is very important to share knowledge, because it’s not only giving boost to others – it will also make your own learning more effective and so pays back.

7 habits of highly effective people are…

  1. Be proactive – take response of your own effectiveness and life
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. 3. Personal management
  4. Think win-win
  5. Communicate – first listen & understand, then present and be understood
  6. Synergy
  7. Sharpening the saw (self-renewal)

All seven habits were very well presented, made think, gave boost for work, but didn’t actually include much new information that would differ from books I’ve already read. However there was one specific tool in habit #3 about personal management that had great influence on me. I have already shared and taught that tool in TA to put “learning by teaching” method straight to action. Tool has made teampreneurs to think about their own time management in projects and myself I have understood the tool even better after presenting it to others.

Tool is meant to make you think about what kind of tasks you spend time with and effectiveness of those tasks. There is four types of qualities of how spend your time. All four types are described with words important (or not important) and urgent (or not urgent).

Important & Urgent. Great example in TA is cap-system where you have to gain certain amount of money for company per month. That’s reason why people too often choose projects that are available and offer fast money – instead of following own interests and develop their own projects. I’m not saying that these tasks are something to totally avoid, because fast money is important for company, but I’ve seen people give all their focus on this area of act and then be unable to enjoy at work. Maybe even end up to burn out. If you can’t enjoy working – you can’t success. That’s a fact that every starting entrepreneur should realize.

Important & Not urgent. “Key to happiness”, as book said. This area presents dream projects. These projects take their time to start working and are most likely profitably unsure. However, they offer greater possibilities and happiness. In the long run these projects are what we as entrepreneurs should give our main focus to. Yet again, it’s not possible to focus only on these, because team also needs fast money. Ideal scenario would be that in some point these projects would provide all that necessary fast money for company. As conclusion I’d say that Team Company should by time increase percentage of these projects to keep working pleasant and successful.

Not important & Urgent. For example a situation if someone asks your help for his urgent problem. Of course it’s always nice to help, but in the long run you should learn to say NO. Help if you can but keep the main focus on your own business.

Not important & Not Urgent. As you may guess – this is bullshit. This is worst enemy of effectiveness. For example unprepared training sessions that take time but doesn’t lead anywhere and frustrates. I’ve also recently noticed another major factor in this sector that I and other guilty tempreneurs really should get rid of – unprepared work days. As entrepreneurs we may plan our own days, how’s it going? It’s not going. Current protocol is that after woke up in morning just before need to get going and later when arrived to TA, what is done first? Open notebooks and start checking what I shall do today. It’s wrong because it’s valuable working time, not unnecessary planning time. Daily plans are must, but they are something that should be done before entering company doors.

For now on, I’ll wake up two hours before work, read some inspiring book or articles and first of all – plan that current day at least from nine to five. This will be something that increases my personal effectiveness and I hope that others would start doing this too.

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