This is probably one of the most well known personal development books in the world. If you have not read it, you have certainly heard of it. I certainly can’t say I was disappointed, I really liked the book and there is a lot in here you can take away if you want. In fact, I am sure many people read the book or at least parts of the book several times to go over specific lessons. It is right up there with Getting Things Done as a book with many different strategies which you can take individually if you wish.
I always like to understand how we got to where we are today so Covey’s breakdown of the history of time management was very helpful to me. He says we are in the fourth generation of time management. Generation 1 was creating order so it was notebooks and checklists. Gen 2 was using that order to look ahead and plan the future so it was about calendars and appointment books. Gen 3, where most people are today, is about deciding direction so goals and priorities. Covey argues we need to move to Gen 4 which is a focus on relationships and results.
Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.
Don’t priorities your schedule, schedule your priorities.
Anytime we think the problem is “out there”, that thought is the problem.
The Maturity Continuum
- Dependence is the paradigm of You
- Independence is the paradigm of I
- Interdependence is the paradigm of We
5 Expectations to set with Delegation
- Desired Results
Process of getting to Win/Win
- See the problem from the other point of view
- Identify key issues
- Determine acceptable results
- Identify options to achieve results