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7 Habits in Building Personal Power and Effectiveness


Afra Schimming-Chase says that the “7 Habits of Highly Effective people are more timely and relevant in the 21st century than ever before”

99FM’s MYD Smart sat down with the partner at Franklin Covey Namibia, Afra, to talk about the 7 Habits and how they are applicable to finding our sense of authority.

Afra explains that “the 7 Habits is one of the foremost personal leadership courses available today and is based on the book with the same name by the late Dr. Stephen R. Covey”. Afra states that “these habits when consistently applied offer the keys to effectiveness.”

When asked what Schimming-Chase feels is the one habit that ties the whole program together,  she states “Like a mature tree, personal and interpersonal effectiveness come through a process of natural growth, and each habit is based on principles of effectiveness.  The premise is simply that you need to be capable of leading yourself before you can lead others.” The one habit though that brings this together she explains is “the habit of Daily Renewal, it focuses on preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – you!  It’s about nurturing the goose that lays the golden eggs, which is the essence of effectiveness.  The goal of Habit 7 is to Sharpen the Saw, underpinned by a daily private victory practice in the four dimensions of Renewal, namely Mind, Heart, Body and Spirit.  Each aspect requires continuous renewal to remain in balance and the impact of neglect in any one area affects the other three, in the same way as when each one is nourished, all four dimensions will flourish.”

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Central to the Franklin Covey approach is the realisation that human beings encompass four dimensions, namely mind, body, heart and spirit.

When asked if this program that developed so long ago is still relevant today, Schimming Chase says “Dr. Covey created a standard operating system – the Windows – for personal effectiveness, and he made it easy to use, bringing together hundreds of years of accumulated wisdom about personal effectiveness, including a multitude of leading authors such as Benjamin Franklin and Peter Drucker, assembled into one coherent framework. It is more relevant today than ever before because it is relevant to anyone who wants to break down barriers to success while laying a foundation of effectiveness for individuals, employees and leaders.”

You can get in touch with Franklin Covey Namibia on 061-305 880 or by clicking here : FranklinCoveyNamibia

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“Living the 7 Habits requires us to learn, commit and do on increasingly higher planes.  We deceive ourselves if we think any one of these is sufficient.  To keep progressing, we must learn, commit and do – learn, commit and do – and learn, commit, and do again.” ~ Stephen R. Covey


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