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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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No science, no sustainability.

On August 26, 1999 – almost two decades ago – Allan Bromley, science advisor to George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993, contributed an op-ed to the Washington Post, entitled No Science, no Surplus. His basic point? That America’s healthy finances and … Continue reading

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What kind of world do we want?

  “A world that understands and trusts the role of the geosciences in fostering creative solutions for the Earth and humanity.” American Geosciences Institute vision statement What kind of world do we want[1]? The folks at the American Geosciences Institute … Continue reading

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Weather, Climate and Society reaches ten years.

This morning I came to work ready to tackle a workshop report and a research proposal that urgently need attention, but the mail in my chair decided me on a brief delay. That’s because the stack included the latest print … Continue reading

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