“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are -- or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
This book presents an approach to effectiveness based on character and principles. Instead of shotcuts, it looks at one's character and how making slow, internal changes creates change externally. The first three habits are internal - they move you from being controlled by external factors and the world to being in control of it all. Habits 4, 5, and 6 focus on relationships and the power of effective communication. Finally, Habit 7 is all about continuous improvement of the self.
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
READ IF: You haven't, this book is one of the must haves in this topic.