Farewell to an Inspiration… Stephen Covey

I couldn’t believe what I was reading the other day. Stephen Covey had passed away due to complications from a biking accident. What?! It was inconceivable to me that the man who’d influenced my life so greatly, a man whose ideas literally changed the path I walked down could ever die. Yes, I truly believed…

A Habit of Mind – Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits

I am forever trying to figure out the human psyche. What makes people tick? So when I went to college, I chose Psychology as my major. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. But I must say, that most of my training occurred after those four formative years. Life happened. …

Habit 7- Sharpening the Saw

Practice makes perfect, right? Or as near to perfect as we can get! Well, the same holds true with how we conduct ourselves throughout life. So as we continue to make these HABITS ingrained in our lives, sometimes we need a little pick-me-up, a refresher, to help us through really difficult times or just to…

Habit 4 – Win-Win

We have been conditioned to believe that compromise is how we get along. That in any relationship, each of us has to give up something. Sounds rather negative, doesn’t it? We go into each and every relationship with the full knowledge we will be giving up something. This way of thinking leads directly to years of pent-up…

Habit 3- Putting First Things First

Habit 3 is all about time management. It is so important to identify those elements in our lives that demand our attention and prioritize them so we can accomplish our goals throughout the day. Covey makes a quadrant for us to consider to help us effectively put our responsibilities in their proper place, assigning them…

A Habit of Mind – #2 Begin With The End In Mind

A couple of weeks ago, I presented Stephen Covey‘s first habit, Be Proactive. Today I’m going to talk about his second habit, Begin With the End in Mind. As a school teacher, I learned long ago that Backward Design was the best way to plan lessons. In Backward Design, you begin with an essential question…