Seven habits to make yourself more highly effective

In the spirit of Lean and continuous improvement – and on the 30th anniversary of a best-selling book that encourages us to work smarter – enjoy and employ these tidbits excerpted from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:



  1. Be proactive
    Don’t sit and wait in a reactive mode, waiting
    for problems to happen before you take action.


  1. Begin with the end in mind
    Envision what you want in the future then work and plan towards it. To be effective, act based on principles and constantly review your mission statement. Are you who you want to be? How do you want to be remembered? You are the programmer! Grow and stay humble.



  1. Put first things first
    Leadership begins with personal vision and accountability. Keep personal integrity: what you say vs. what you do. Prioritize your life in the following order:

1)  Important and urgent

2) Important and not urgent (you are the programmer)

3) Not important and urgent (write the program and become leader)

4) Not important and not urgent

  1. Think win-win
    Seek mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Understand that a “win” for all is a great long-term resolution. Win-win is neither about being nice nor a quick-fix technique; it’s a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.


  1. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
    Listen with empathy to genuinely understand a person; they will likely have an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring and positive problem solving.


  1. Synergize
    Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork to achieve goals no one could have done alone.



  1. Sharpen the saw
    Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle (exercise, prayer, meditation, yoga) for physical and spiritual renewal and good reading for mental renewal.


Purolator is committed to and in the midst of developing a continuous-improvement culture through training, coaching and mentoring in Lean methods. In the meantime, to whet your appetite for Lean, you can make yourself more highly effective by implementing some of the timeless tips that were conveyed three decades ago!

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