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The Principled Centered Paradigm

Quotes from the author:

“The Character Ethic is based on the fundamental idea that there are principles that govern human effectiveness—natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguable “there” as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.

The principle I am referring to are not esoteric, mysterious, or “religious” ideas. There is not one principle taught in this book that is unique to any specific faith or religion, including my own. They are self-evident and can easily be validated by any individual. Continue reading ““Inside-Out”, continued”

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The Power of a Paradigm

Quotes from the author:

“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People embody many of the fundamental principles of human effectiveness. These habits are basic; they are primary. They represent the internalization of correct principles upon which enduring happiness and success are based.

But before we can really understand these Seven Habits, we need to understand our own ‘paradigms’ and how to make a ‘paradigm shift’.

Both the Character Ethic and the Personality Ethic are examples of social paradigms. The word paradigm comes from the Greek. It was originally a scientific term, and is more commonly used today to mean a model, theory, perception, assumption, or frame of reference. In the more general sense, it’s the way we ‘see’ the world—not in terms of our visual sense of sight, but in terms of perceiving, understanding, interpreting. Continue reading ““Inside-Out”, continued”

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Primary and Secondary Greatness

Quotes from the author:

“If I try to use human influence strategies and tactics of how to get other people to do what I want, to work better, to be more motivated, to like me and each other—while my character is fundamentally flawed, marked by duplicity and insincerity—then, in the long run, I cannot be successful. My duplicity will breed distrust, and everything I do—even using so-called good human relations techniques—will be perceived as manipulative. It simply makes no difference how good the rhetoric is or even how good the intentions are; if there is little or no trust, there is no foundation for permanent success. Only basic goodness gives life to technique. Continue reading ““Inside-Out”, continued”

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Author Stephen Covey wrote this book, and published it in 1989. The back cover of the paper-backed version states: “Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity”.

In this series on Covey’s book I will excerpt specific passages to which I will respond with personal experiences related to these passages. So let us begin.

“Inside-Out”

Quotes from the author:

“I began to feel more and more that much of the ‘success’ literature of the last 50 years was superficial. It was filled with social image consciousness, techniques and quick fixes—with social ban-aids and aspirin that address acute problems and sometimes even appeared to solve them temporarily, but left the underlying chronic problems untouched to fester and resurface time and again. Continue reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”