Applying Covey's seven habits to a project management career
Steven R. Covey's influential The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was published in 1989 and has found wide application in many professional fields. This article applies the seven habits to project management. Project managers can be proactive (#1) in their roles as decision makers, marketeers, problem solvers and team builders. Beginning with the end in mind (#2) is analogous to starting a project with a good requirements definition. Putting first things first (#3) relates to proper task prioritization. Think win-win (#4) means that project managers need to understand the sources of conflict in order to best resolve them. Seek first to understand, then to be understood (#5) highlights the importance of communications. Synergize (#6) relates to the project manager's coordination skills, and sharpen the saw (#7) reinforces the project manager's drive toward continuous process improvement.