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The Wall Street Journal has called this book “the most influential business book of the century” and it’s certainly one of the most recognized.
Despite being written a number of years ago, it still remains an insightful and thought-provoking reference for today’s leaders.
Join us for the next ten minutes or so while we revisit the ideas of the late Dr. Stephen Covey and their alignment to today’s world.
At the nub of Covey’s habits is a progression through dependency. He implies there are three progressive levels.
Dependence is the paradigm of third party care. You support me and tell me what to do and think. If things go wrong, you’re to blame.
Independency is the paradigm of me. I’ll look after myself. I’ll decide what to do. I’m responsible.
Interdependency is the paradigm of us. Let’s work on this together. Two minds are better than one.
Life is interdependent. If I’m interdependent, I am self-reliant and capable, but I also realize that you and I working together can accomplish far more than I could accomplish alone.
Covey’s first three habits focus on the move from dependency to independency. Habits 4 to 6 support the move from independence to the advantages of interdependency. The seventh habit keeps us there.