Tom Schubert Sheds Light on Habits for Success

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This week all eight of the interns gathered to meet with Tom Schubert, PBP’s COO and CFO, to discuss The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. We all agreed that these habits are very crucial for success. One aspect of the book that I found to be particularly important is the point that excellence is not an act but it is a habit. It is the habits of excellence that we perform each and every day.  These are the 7 habits of highly effective people:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think “win/win”
  5. Seek to understand-Then be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

Tom Schubert also introduced a method called “The 4 Quads – Putting First Things First”. This exercise allows employees to have an understanding of where they are spending their time throughout the work day. The 4 quadrants are broken up by “urgent but important”, “not urgent but important”, “not important but urgent” and “both, not urgent and not important”. It is important to have most of your daily tasks in quadrant 2, which is “not urgent but important”. Quadrant 2 is important because it is where we develop ourselves, our future and relationships with other people. Tom Schubert also said, “Be the CEO in you.” I believe it is crucial to be in control of each and every thing you do and determine the best way possible to maximize your time.

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