The Seven Habits—Effectiveness Defined

Quotes from the author:

“The Seven Habits are habits of effectiveness. Because they are based on principles, they bring the maximum long-term beneficial results possible. They become the basis of a person’s character,, creating an empowering center of correct maps from which an individual can effectively solve problems, maximize opportunities, and continually learn and integrate other principles in an upward spiral of growth.

They are also habits of effectiveness because they are based on a paradigm of effectiveness that is in harmony with a natural law, a principle I call the ‘P/PC Balance,’ which many people break themselves against. This principle can be easily understood by remembering Aesop’s fable of the goose and the golden egg.” (To summarize, a poor farmer’s goose begins laying one solid gold egg per day. Every day the pattern is repeated. Unfortunately with increasing wealth comes greed and impatience so the farmer decides to kill the goose and get them all at once. When he opens the goose he finds it empty. There are no golden eggs and no way to get more. He destroyed the goose that produced them.)

“I suggest that within this fable is a natural law, a principle—the basic definition of effectiveness. Most people see effectiveness from the golden egg paradigm: the more you produce, the more you do, the more effective you are.

But as the story shows, true effectiveness is a function of two things: what is produced (the golden eggs) and the producing asset or capacity to produce (the goose).

If you adopt a pattern of life that focuses on golden eggs and neglects the goose, you will soon be without the asset that produces golden eggs. On the other hand, if you only take care of the good with no aim toward the golden eggs, you soon won’t have the wherewithal to feed yourself or the goose. Effectiveness lies in the balance—what I call the P/PC Balance. P stands for PRODUCTION of desired results, the golden eggs. PC stands for PRODUCTION CAPAPBILTIY, the ability or asset that produces the golden eggs.”

Personal comments:

One thing I’ve learned over many years of studying, and applying leadership skills is that the basics of leadership never change; they have remained the same from yesteryear to today. Many, trying to realize substantial financial gain, “fluff up” the message with new-fangled words, new “intriguing, insightful, clever” games, etc. This leadership blog, if taken seriously; then internalized (adopt the beliefs, values), and practiced so it becomes a habit will make you highly effective whatever your purpose in life. Covey’s book deals with habits. This blog addresses the other quality aspects of leadership, from many authors and personal perspectives.

Author: maxbinkley

Creator of Leadership to the Max My experience in the military helped set the career path for me in human resources. After the military I worked for The Dow Chemical Company and left there in 1993 to venture out on my own. I purchased a small business, then a franchise then started another business in semi-retirement.

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