The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People

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Introduction This paper takes the topics and theories discussed in the book; The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and applies it to nursing practice. We will take a look at the book’s background and how the work is implemented in nursing. Throughout this paper, I will introduce a few of the relevant habits, what they represent and how they can be applied to different nursing roles. Furthermore, I will conduct a personal reflection on how the topics presented influenced my personal growth and how I use them in my personal practice. Background/ History “Character, noun: the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” ("Oxford Dictionaries", 2013). If we can remember all the way back to elementary math, some of us might be able to recall that we were once told that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. While I will skip the arithmetic aspect of that phrase, we can see that it is applicable to many areas of our lives. The most relevant is that our character is no greater than the sum of all of our habits, good or bad. This is where Covey starts his work. The major concept of this book is that no person is born, from day one, naturally effective. Every “massively effective” person has acquired habits that have propelled them to their success. To substantiate his concept, Covey has taken a look back through the history of America and has identified who achieved success during that time and what they did to get there. From these great
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