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Seven habits and four keys for crisis: Stephen R. Covey
30 March 2009 @ 12:25

I have read part of Covey´s 7 habits and Steven Schaffer, a member of the Costaluz team is very much inspired by it and its author, Stephen R. Covey who delivered a lecture in IESE last autumn where he  gave four keys to move to the new organizational paradigm:

  1.- Leaders must inspire confidence, which always requires humility, asking forgiveness after the errors, listen a lot, until you really understand the other.
 
2.- Besides trust,  it is required to clarify the goal or goals, "few and well known by evetryone  in the organization”.
 
3.- To align systems to these objectives, the systems can be set either by the measurement of outcomes or responses (feedback). There is nothing that most quickly convert a cynic or an skeptic than  results.
 
4.-  And finally, give free rein to the talent: to empower each person because each one is important for the company, giving voice and enhancing everyone´s  own opportunities to find a better alternative to doing things his way  and  achieve the objectives, endorsing the company and the targets.
 
There is no need to have a big organization for putting these tips into practice, you can even start in your marriage and your family and keep growing from there to your office and your employees: you are the same at home, at social life and at work. Same principles need to guide our behaviour and conduct  regardless the role we are playing in every case.
 
I am leaving for London tomorrow, I will tell you more on it once I am back.
 
Maria
 
 
 


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