Throughout the past 12 months, we've introduced or re-acquainted readers with Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the international best seller, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."
Our first topic was appropriately, Habit 1 "Be Proactive." "As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behaviors, and the consequences of those behaviors, are a function of our decisions, not our conditions."
We've since covered Habit 2 "Begin with the End in Mind," Habit # 3 "Put First Things First," Habit 4 "Think Win-Win" and Habit # 5 "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood."
Our main topic for April is Habit # 6, "Synergize-Principles of Creative Cooperation." Simply put, synergy means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; that collaboration creates solutions and opportunities that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.
Our willingness to get out of our comfort zones, to respect and truly value the opinions of others (especially when we disagree) has a direct correlation with our ability to solve problems with new and better ideas, and greatly impacts the quality of our relationships.
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