Wednesday 27 August 2008

Some people they call me Jack

During a recent conversation with a friend of mine who works in sales, he made reference to "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". (Sales - wouldn't ya know it!)

Although I had never heard of it before, he assured me it is an enormously popular self help book. So I looked it up.

The following, in case you are wondering, are the habits or highly effective people:

  • Be Proactive.
  • Begin with the End In Mind.
  • Put First Things First.
  • Think Win/Win.
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood.
  • Synergize.
  • Sharpen the saw.

I would suggested that the aforementioned habits could be marketed just as effectively as a Beginners Guide to Serial Killing.

5 comments:

red said...

Oh God. I went on a management training course with my last job and they spent 3 days reiterating this list under various forms in an attempt to make us efficient people. *shudder* Maybe that explains my serial killer tendencies since.

The Bad Ambassador said...

Sounds fascinating - or is that mind numbingly excruciating?

sheepworrier said...

A mate came back from one of those tony robbins motivation lectures last year and couldn't hold a conversation without spewing incredibly irritating 'sales talk' every few minutes. "Blue sky thinking" my friggin swinging mickey!

emordino said...

"Begin with the end in mind." Trying to figure out the desirable/likely end result is the number one thing that stops me doing any work. Effective my arse.

Medbh said...

Years ago when I worked in a bookstore one of the sections I had to run was business where that covey book was a big seller.
All the dudes who bought it looked like potential serial killers or wife beaters.