Last Thursday, I heard Stephen Covey talk here in Seattle. The purpose of his talk was to reveal and discuss his 8th Habit of Highly Successful People. His new book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness comes out in November and is available for pre-order here on Amazon.
Here is the fourth and final installment of gems from his talk.
Covey asserts, rather successfully I think, that our management and leadership practices are based on an industrial model and that this is the cause of many of our productivity challenges today. The industrial model may have worked or been appropriate decades ago (one could argue was never was right) but this command and control based model does not work in the age of the knowledge worker.
According to Covey, these are four chronic problems of the industrial model.
1. No shared vision and values.
4. Low Trust.
The solutions (to the problems caused by the Industrial Age Model) in the Knowledge Worker Age are:
1. Accountability means having frequent and open communication, a compelling scoreboard.
2. Creating synergy by generating 3rd alternative communication.
3. Aligning systems and structures to enable success – working on wildly important goals (WIGs as Covey calls them).
4. Creating commitment and intrinsic connection – the whole person in a whole job.
5. Building identification and involvement at all levels.
Covey says the three constants in life and work are: Change, principles, and choice.
Last Covey gem: Stephen Covey shared information about the Statue of Responsibility project – something he is very passionate about. The Statue of Responsibility will be erected off the west coast of the United States and counterbalance the Statue of Liberty.
Here is the symbolic connection: Liberty + Responsibility = POWER
Here is a link to the project´s website.
Hope you have enjoyed these four days of posts about Stephen Covey´s 8th Habit of Highly Successful People. If you’d like to learn more, look for the book when it comes out in November.
Good luck finding your voice!