Category Archives: Habits

Habits: 8 Evidence Based Tips

For nine long months I have been blogging, reading and thinking about habits.  That seems like the right sort of time to produce something profound. Hence my Habit Baby is ready for delivery to the world….               Here are my 8 evidence based tips to create the habits you […]

Day 30: Nailed it!!!!

Welcome to Day 30 of my 30 days to sobriety! How do I feel?  Am I sober? I have drowned in sugar (which my system would normally punish me badly for).  I have forgotten meetings left right and centre.  My heart rate variability has not improved at all.  I am chaos basically. However I feel […]

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Welcome to the conclusion of the science (or not) in the 7 habits of highly effective people.   Habit 7 Habit 7 involves sharpening the saw.  In this case the saw is you!  You will only effectively cut that metaphorical tree if you are sharp as … well … a saw. Covey’s opening parable drives […]

Habit 6: Synergise

Welcome to habit 6 on the science (or not) in the 7 habits of highly effective people. Habit 6 Those following so far will know my larger conclusion is pointing to -> trying to find the ‘evidence base’ / scientific support for management gurus ideas, is a fools errand.  That is me in the basket.  […]

Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood

“We’re filled with our own rightness, our own autobiography” Covey Welcome to part 5 of 7 looking at the science (or not) of Stephen Coveys ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. Those that joined me in Habit 4 will know I am starting to despair about the apparent mismatch (or lack of dialogue at least) […]

Habit 4: Think Win/Win

“You cannot hold people responsible for results if you supervise their methods”  Stephen Covey This is part 4 of 7 looking at the science, or not, of Stephen Coveys ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. I was walking though the mall today with Ms12, when she yelled out “Mum! Look at those backpacks they come […]

Habit 3: Put first things first

This post discusses Habit 3: Put first things first, it is part of a larger series looking at the science (or not) of Stephen Coveys’ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The science that seems most important here in terms of supporting Coveys’ ideas is the goal hierarchy work discussed in Habit 2: Begin with […]

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life? From Mary Oliver (The Summer Day).       ‘Begin within the end in mind’ is a neat phrase that gets at the heart of goal setting.  It is also the […]

Habit 1: Be Proactive

This is part of a series on the science (if any) behind the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ from the late Stephen Covey. This post is about Habit 1: Be Proactive Stop the press! When preparing the introduction for this series I had not yet found anything really slamming Coveys ideas.  This week I […]

The 7 Habits: Do they stand the test of time? Will they save us?

Once upon a time when I was a young management consultant/coach, I swallowed ideas on offer at swanky conferences by swanky peeps (especially when the hotel and wine were good).  My past four years in the ivory towers (doing a PhD) have taught me to question everything, to ask for the evidence.  I am now […]