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10/13/08
Goal-setting. The 8th Habit-Covey
Filed under: Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 10:01 am

Where in the order of habits, does the 8th
habit come?  I haven’t figured this out.
Franklin Covey:  “The 8th Habit…”  The Free
press, 2004

8:  Find your voice and assist others in their
search.

Throughout the book are observations that
are restated into truisms.  In a sense Covey
embeds the 8th habit into the previous 7,
which he restates as:
 - make and keep promises
 - involve people in the problem
 - work out the solution together

There are several streams Covey’s book contains
that attracted me.  One involves the creation of
an integrated personal/relational/career planning
structure.  Based on the premise that structure
yields freedom to create and make choices, he
recommends developing daily and weekly plans
where one identifies roles set to achieve goals
consistent with your values and principles.

He brings out the importance of the planning
structure by incorporating helpful observations:
…’values are like fingerprints.  No one’s are
the same, but you leave them over everything
you do.’..
…’if you only do daily planning, outside of your
goals, values and [longer term] goals, you will only
fight fires and deal with short term crises (crisis
management) where urgency dominates action…’

Some may argue one may intuit the 8th habit by
doing the previous 7 (I think I read that somewhere)
however, consider picking up the book for it
contains some practical insights for people
at various stages of their career.



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