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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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We need a geo-civics.

“Civics is the study of the rights and obligations of citizens in society. The term derives from the Latin word civicus, meaning “relating to a citizen”. The term relates to behavior affecting other citizens, particularly in the context of urban … Continue reading

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Does COP-26 have an Achilles heel? It could be a lack of the needed workforce.

This past week and over the next, those worldwide who are alarmed (and many of the merely concerned) by climate change are riveted on the daily news from COP-26, the latest in a multi-year series of global summits on that … Continue reading

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Stream-of-consciousness: flowing from remembering Francis Bretherton, to end-use climate assessment, to Paul Robeson.

stream of consciousness: a narrative mode or method that attempts “to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which [sic] pass through the mind” of a narrator. When I was in high school, my English teachers introduced me to this notion and terminology, … Continue reading

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