Gotta work on….

So I’m getting off my ass and working on *ME* for a change, instead of bitching and moaning about the people and problems around me. Started Tuesday with the FranklinCovey FOCUS seminar. Red Hat sponsored, and and I were in the same class. We didn’t cut up half as bad as normal, so I guess it must have been good.
So good yesterday I got around to picking up and starting Seven Habits of Highly Effective People . OK, not only did I buy it, but I’m actually reading it. The target goal is one chapter a day, and then practice what I learn. Yesterday was the introduction, which was quite a bit to chew on. Today is habit one : Be proactive. Take the initiative, and recognize that you have the power to make things happen directly or indirectly. And for those things completely outside your control, you can at least control how you handle things.

I’m wrestling with the concept. I see the potential, but I’m missing an “A-ha!” example in my own experience to solidify, and practice. I dunno about the others, but for me, this is a tough thing to do….considering the things outside my control and what I have direct influence over.

30 days for this, 21 days for using the planner and getting into that mindset. If I drive everyone around me crazy, you’ll know why.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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2 Responses to Gotta work on….

  1. jay says:

    Covey types were easy to spot in Nortel. I think the habits book was the cubical’s answer to Gideon’s Bible. Covey’s fell into a few camps in my mind.

    Camp 1) Drives the process (re-orders it or creates it)

    Camp 2) Drives everyone else insane! (diff. priorities)

    ;-)

    Seriously though, if you read the book and apply the principles you are probably going to refine “you” more than recast “you”. Wake Co. library has most of the other Covey titles and they are very worn looking.

    I’ve had my manager labot-o-my-zation.

    I also highly recommend any course you can take on influence.

  2. bzial says:

    Actually, I know a lot of sergeants in the AF who have been sent to Covey themed seminars to improve various personal skills.

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