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Sharpen the Saw…Or Face Frustration

Sharpen the Saw…Or Face Frustration

It’s all about the tools you use. Or to borrow a phrase made popular by author Stephen Covey, sharpen the saw or you’ll face frustration. The foundation of this idea comes from the image of two woodcutters with a quota of trees to fell before day’s end. The younger man chopped and chopped at a frenzied pace but after awhile, each blow was less and less effective and he worried he wouldn’t be done by

Tools For the Journey – Habit #7 – Sharpen The Saw

The story is told of a woodsman busy cutting down trees. A visitor stopped by and watched for awhile before recommending the man sit down, rest, and sharpen his saw. But the woodsman refused to stop because all he could see was the number of trees still to be cut. As I read the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, I found myself overwhelmed at times by all the things I should be

Tools for the Journey – Habit #6 – Synergize

How can one plus one equal more than two? It requires something called synergy. Synergy is when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. As discussed in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, it’s when our self-awareness, imagination, conscience, will, motive for Win/Win, and empathic communication skills are applied to the toughest challenges we face in life. Synergy allows for creative cooperation as we become trailblazers who open up new

Tools For the Journey – Habit #5 – Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood

I’ll never forget the day I ordered fries at a drive-thru … and got a Sprite instead. I’m glad technology improved beyond static-filled speakers to screens to verify your order because it’s important to be understood. But, we all have a tendency to make assumptions, jump to conclusions, and rush to fix things based on what we thought we heard. When working toward Win/Win solutions, it’s important to take the time to really understand the problem

Tools For The Journey – Habit #4 – Think Win/Win

It’s fall and that means football season! Time to wear your team’s colors and root them on to victory. But when it comes to relationships, winning and competition aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. In Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, the author describes several possible outcomes from interactions with other people. Win/Lose – I get my way and you don’t get yours. Win – Others are irrelevant because it only matters