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May 7, 2013
Plant Some New Habits


At this time of the year, we all feel energized by the renewal of life we witness in nature around us. Spring also reflects the stage of journey we are all on together as employees of Evergreen Baptist Campus of Care. Many of you are already participating in this renewal as members of various committees and teams to improve patient care, to improve employee health and safety and to renew our Accreditation. Providing feedback to our Leaders is also an important and valued part of the process. Now, with the approval of our Strategic Plan, we have a roadmap to guide our efforts – we can continually check to see if we’re heading in the right direction to achieve these goals. As on any journey, it’s comforting to know where we are heading, and how we’re planning to get there.

I was once inspired by a course – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey).  One of the habits that really resonated with me is - Begin With The End In Mind. Even if I don’t have a clear idea of how I’m going to achieve a goal, just having that goal subconsciously informs my decisions and actions to help me succeed. As opportunities and challenges arise, I can constantly check my responses and decisions to see whether I’m still on track. I have found that having a personal strategic plan has been empowering in my life, and I want to challenge those who don’t already have one, to try it!

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People are:

Habit 1:   Be Proactive

Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life's principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.

Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind

Self-discover and clarify your values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.

Habit 3:  Put First Things First

Prioritize, plan and execute your activities on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts propel you towards your goals and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated in Habit 2.

Habit 4:  Think Win-Win

Genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his/her way.

Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring and positive problem solving.

Habit 6:  Synergize

Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone.

Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw

Balance and renew your resources, energy and health to create a sustainable lifestyle through physical exercise, prayer (meditation), good reading for mental renewal and service to society for spiritual renewal.

Renski Sevenoaks

HR / Payroll Coordinator