Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Welcome to the conclusion of the science (or not) in the 7 habits of highly effective people. 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 this home.  We…

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 fool’s errand.  That is me in the basket,…

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? ‘Begin within the end in mind’ is a neat phrase that gets at the heart of goal setting.  It is also the subject of this blog, which is part of a…

Habits Big & Small: Flossing Investigated

This post is a summary of some research on flossing.  Before you yawn and go to sleep there is more here than meets the eye or should I say teeth? The authors open with discussing the importance of automaticity i.e., once we have reached auto-pilot with habits, our conscious mind is no longer engaged, a…

How and when do habits form?

When behaviours are repeated in consistent settings (places, times, with certain people etc.) they become automatic responses, that is, they become habits. But how do habits form? How long do they take to form? How is this different with each person? And how important is reward (or reinforcement) in this process? Rewards: do they matter?…