Dr. Sparkman walked a group of students through this book by Sean Covey to prepare them to be better leaders for tomorrow. The first of seven habits begins with “Be Proactive”, what that means is to think ahead and plan. Do not just go and react throughout the day. Simply reacting can lead to frustration and anger towards one self and others. The second habit is “Begin with the End in Mind”, this tells us to set goals for ourselves, don’t settle for less. Thirdly, Covey writes “Put First Things First”, what that means is prioritize your life and make sure you put it first rather than little things like watching T.V. instead of doing homework. Those first three habits start out personal. We need to get ourselves straight then work on helping others. The second overview of the seven habits includes public affairs. “Think Win-Win” is the fourth habit, and it means that when dealing with a situation we need to find the solution that helps both sides the best. The fifth habit is “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood”, this means we need to be a good listen then talk not talk then listen. The sixth habit is “Synergize”, a team is always better than working alone. You need to be able to work with a group and have good cooperation to succeed. The last of the seven habits is “Sharpen the Saw”, the first six tell you what you need to do with your day to day relationships, but this seventh one employs one to exercise those good habits. Using these good habits can build someone’s self-esteem, grow relationships (personal and in the workplace), and mold you to become a better person, student, and leader.
By: Trent Orick