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Transactions of A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Lodge of Research #1949

Volume 4 (1998 — 2001)

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People
By Dr. Stephen Covey
A Review By
John Shroeder, PM
Presented to A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Lodge of Research, #1949
On
September 30, 2000

The opinions presented in this paper are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Master and Wardens of the A. Douglas Smith Jr., Lodge of Research #1949 or the official views of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Virginia.

© 2004 - A. Douglas Smith, Jr., Lodge of Research #1949, AF&AM - All Rights Reserved Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, by John Shroeder, PM, Presented September 30, 2000 Page 131

Transactions of A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Lodge of Research #1949

Volume 4 (1998 — 2001)

© 2004 - A. Douglas Smith, Jr., Lodge of Research #1949, AF&AM - All Rights Reserved Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, by John Shroeder, PM, Presented September 30, 2000 Page 132

Transactions of A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Lodge of Research #1949

Volume 4 (1998 — 2001)

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People
By Dr. Stephen Covey
A Review by
John Shroeder, PM
I have again chosen a book report for my research
vignette as I believe that book reports may be the
easiest choice of a paper type for the A. Douglas
Smith Lodge of Research No. 1949 member who
would like to present his first paper to the lodge and
the purpose which the Worshipful Master assigned
me these vignettes was to demonstrate the process
for members. I have chosen this book from among
several that I have read in order to illustrate that a
book that is not thought of as a Masonic book may
well have Masonic applications.
On a recent cross-country truck trip with my
daughter, we alternated the driving duties. When I
was not driving I listened to the tapes taken from the
best-selling book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People by Stephen Covey. This book is not just
another quickie self-improvement book full of sales
tricks. Author Covey says we can receive
satisfaction and rewards in life only by acting on our
inner values and integrity. Sounds like a Mason,
doesn’t he? The tapes made me think (even though I
was keeping one eye on my daughter’s truck
driving.) I thought I would like to share his approach
with you today to see if it makes you think also.
BUT, nobody else can think for you, you have to
think for yourself.
In my Masonic education workshop using Dr.
Covey’s book, I outline the seven habits discussed in
the book and then have attendees form into
discussion groups with each group taking about 20
minutes to prepare a 2 - 5 minute report for the rest
of us on how one of the habits they select can best
contribute to more effective members, leaders, and
lodges. We then have a general discussion of the
reports. This provides everyone opportunity to
become actively involved in Masonic education. We
say that it is our purpose to take good men and make
them better. How can these seven habits be worked
into our daily lives as internalized HABITS or
principles to make each of us a better man and thus

to make our relations with our families, our lodges,
our communities, the nation and the world better?
Dr. Covey defines a habit as the conjunction of
Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes necessary to make
a habit an effective part of our daily lives:




KNOWLEDGE - knowing WHAT needs to be
done.
SKILLS - the ability to implement the WHAT.
ATTITUDES - the ingrained desire or
motivation to accomplish the WHAT.

Dr. Covey says that if we want to make minor
improvements in our effectiveness, we can work on
our skills, attitudes and knowledge BUT to make
MAJOR improvements, we need to change our
paradigms. Webster defines paradigm as a role,
pattern or model. Dr. Covey says it is the mental
map that we carry with us and by which we judge all
other things. He gives an...
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