#132 – The Next Step to Effectiveness

The topic for the past two weeks has been self-awareness, of both our strengths and weaknesses as a leader. As serendipity would have it, a very relevant observation by Stephen Covey, the acclaimed author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, came my way and I am pleased to share it with you.

Food for Thought ~

“In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment – independent will – that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.”
Stephen R. Covey

Question for the day ~

What is your assessment of your “independent will”? Are you able to carry out the decisions, choices and plans you make?

Last weekend I attended an earthquake preparedness workshop. It re-kindled my commitment to serve as a messenger to my clients, friends and associates to please,”Be Prepared.” My column in the North Bay Business Journal is on the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. If you haven’t already done so, please click here to read the article.