One of the joys of working with senior business people is that I get to work with both planning the strategic issues and working with them on their personal growth. Indeed it is the only by developing the individual that you get the long-term growth of the business.
I was reminded of this recently as I am mentoring a chap in his mid twenties on a year-long leadership programme. In the process of talking about the longer term we ventured into the area of personal power using Stephen Covey‘s classic “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to move from dependence to independence to interdependence. They are:
1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think win-win
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
7. Sharpen the saw
You may like to review which ones you are doing and look at how you can improve on the others. Of course, there is a lot of subtly involved with reviewing yourself and coaching is really effective so call me to organise some sessions.