7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

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By: Stephen R. Covey

Discussion Notes
Prepared By:
Joseph M. Mellichamp, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Management Science
The University of Alabama
National Faculty Representative
Christian Leadership Ministries
P.O. Box 129
Addison, TX 75001-0129
If you are like most Christian professors, you have felt a burden for your colleagues and have wanted to reach out to them, to minister to them -- especially those closest to you. Perhaps you just haven't done so because you haven't been able to think of an appropriate way. One of the real keys of ministry is to address felt needs. Perhaps the universally perceived need of professors in academia is time management, effectiveness. What better way to minister to busy colleagues who are all under pressure to produce than to offer to help them become more effective. Dr. Joseph (Rae) Mellichamp, professor emeritus of the University of Alabama, created a set of discussion notes for the highly popular book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People that has proven useful in ministering to colleagues. You can view Dr. Mellichamp's discussion notes on the following pages, using the Contents below to guide you. They are also available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format to enable you print out notes to use in a group discussion. Follow the Printer-Friendly Version link at the bottom of the page for instructions.

Table of Contents

|Inside-Out |A New Level of Thinking | |Overview |The Seven Habits -- An Overview | |Habit 1 |Be Proactive: Principles of Personal Vision | |Habit 2 |Begin with the End in Mind: Principles of Personal Leadership | |Habit 3 |Put First Things First: Principles of Personal Management | |Habit 4 |Think Win/Win: Principles of Interpersonal Leadership | |Habit 5 |Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood | |Habit 6 |Synergize Principles of Creative Communication | |Habit 7 |Sharpen the Saw: Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal | |Inside-Out Again |Final Thoughts |

From Dependence to Interdependence

February 15, 1997

Our character is a composite of our habits. Changing habits is hard, but can be done by tremendous commitment. A (good) habit can be defined as the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire. Change is a cycle of being and seeing (visualization). Our objective is to move progressively on a maturity continuum from dependence to independence to interdependence. Although independence is the current paradigm of our society, we can accomplish much more by cooperation and specialization. However, we must achieve independence before we can choose interdependence. Habits 1, 2 and 3 (Be Proactive, Begin With The End In Mind, Put First Things First) deal with self mastery. They are the "private victories" required for character growth. Private victories precede public victories. Habits 4, 5 and 6 are the more personality-oriented "public victories" of Teamwork, Cooperation and Communication. Habit 7 is the habit of Renewal, creating an upward spiral of growth. Effectiveness lies in balancing our Production (P) with building Production Capacity (PC). Organizationally, the PC principle is to always treat your employees as you want them to treat your best customers. We must understand that the best...
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