I attended a The 7 Habits for Managers: Managing Yourself, Leading Others, Unleashing Potential seminar this week, and I don’t regret a second of the time investment. It was good stuff, well presented. My recommendation is that, when you get a chance, sit in on one; it will stir up what you already know, at the least, and very likely will give you some fresh insight and ideas about leadership.
By the way, who is a manager? All of us are–we manage ourselves (and we lead others.)
One concept Covey uses is WIG, an acronym for “Wildly Important Goals.” The The 7 Habits for Managers: Managing Yourself, Leading Others, Unleashing Potential idea is this: Plan weekly and implement daily.
A helpful part of the workshop is that each participant is given a CD with pdf and ms-word forms on it. The WIG form encourages the user to write down the top three WIGs for the week, then list objectives and tasks for each. I’ve been doing that on my computer (I call them PGA’s, though–Primary God-given Ambitions), but I see the value in writing them on paper and carrying it in my pocket. Sunday being the first day of the week, I’m going to sit down with my printed out WIGs (PGA’s) and go at it.
Try it; you’ll like it.