Bugle Calls
Issue No. 1020
February 2015

Bob Bugle-B-1001 Periodically throughout the past 12 months we've introduced or reacquainted readers with Dr. Stephen Covey, author of a number of acclaimed books that include 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" and Habit 4: "Think Win-Win."

Our main topic for February is Habit 5: "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood." Most of us have spent years learning how to read, write and speak effectively, and not nearly enough time learning how to listen effectively.  


Our ability to listen and understand others has a direct correlation to our ability to communicate effectively.


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"7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Dr. Stephen R. Covey
Analysis by Bob Bugle
Bob Bugle-B-1001 "Habits are powerful factors in our lives. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character and produce our effectiveness...or ineffectiveness." Dr. Covey

Dr. Covey defines a habit as the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do it) and desire (wanting to do it). Unless all three elements are involved, a good habit will never be formed. Merely knowing what to do and having the will to do it produces ineffective results if we don't possess the skill set required to accomplish the task. Similarly, having the knowledge and skill but lacking the desire accomplishes nothing.

Habit 5: "Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood"
As Dr. Covey states, "We have such a tendency to rush in, to fix things up with good advice. But we often fail to take the time to diagnose, to really, deeply understand the problem first."

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood, As explained by Steven Covey
Habit 5 Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood

Ten Steps to Effective Listening
By Dianne Schilling
In today's high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important then ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listening to one another. Genuine listening has become a rare gift-the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy.  At work, effective listening means fewer errors and less wasted time. At home, it helps develop resourceful, self-reliant kids who can solve their own problems. Listening builds friendships and careers. It saves money and marriages.

Here are 10 tips to help you develop effective listening skills.
Step 1: Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.

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