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Habit 7. Sharpen the saw.

Did you ever hear this story growing up? A woodcutter strained to saw down a tree.  A young man who was watching asked “What are you doing?” “Are you blind?” the woodcutter replied. “I’m cutting down this tree.” The young … Continue reading

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Habit 6. Synergize.

Here’s some of what Stephen Covey thinks: “To put it simply, synergy means “two heads are better than one.” Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. … Continue reading

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Habit 5. Seek first to understand…then to be understood.

Here’s some of what Stephen Covey has to say: “Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you … Continue reading

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Habit 4. Think Win-Win.

The first three of Stephen Covey’s habits of highly effective people are personal. They’re individual. You and I can unilaterally be proactive… begin with the end in mind… and put first things first. We don’t need anyone’s permission to do … Continue reading

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Habit 3. Put first things first.

Stephen Covey expands his discussion on this third habit on his website: “To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. There’s no need to overextend yourself. All it takes … Continue reading

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Habit 2. Begin with the end in mind.

Stephen Covey, in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, introduces this topic in the following way. With apologies, he invites us to visualize ourselves at our own funeral(s). One by one, our family members, our work colleagues, … Continue reading

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective…Earth Scientists (and colleagues)?

If we took a poll of Earth scientists and their colleagues, what fraction do you think might have read Stephen R. Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People? This book was first published in 1989. To call it … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Reflections 2017. Part 4.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Reflections 2017. Part 3.

Colleagues. At Thanksgiving, you and I can and should be grateful for our colleagues, writ large – everyone with whom we work. What follows is mostly personal, but the larger takeaway message, up-front, is simply this. Thanksgiving and its brief … Continue reading

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The existential human challenge.

The existential human challenge? You might have your own candidate; here’s one to chew on: Thriving on our generous, dangerous, fragile planet. Of course, an assertion like that deserves a bit of justification. Again, chances are you can write a … Continue reading

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