Teaching the “7 Habits” to a 4th grader? Yep, you bet! It’s not only about the progression of knowledge, but rather the integration and formation of a belief system.
It’s not just your ordinary curriculum and not just an ordinary school. Instead of sitting down for a typical parent-teachers conference, we were led on a student driven evaluation. This evaluation consisted of several steps along the way including, knowledge of history, 4th grade mathematical problems (man try doing that all over again!) and a short story assessment. It wasn’t the student mind you, that was being evaluated! It was the parents being “educated” by the student on the specific topics they covered in the semester.
As interesting as this process was, it wasn’t the most important part or the reason for this article! One of the stops along the evaluation was the “7 Habits” stage. Each person was required to pick a “Habit” tab. The student asked a very simple question, “when was the last time you… (Insert a “Habit”)?”
The questions alone wouldn’t make for a compelling article. It’s not about the answers but more importantly it is about the thought process. How often do we empower our employees with the same lesson’s they teach in the 4th grade? How much of our staff is exposed to the “7 Habits”?
Here is a list of the “7 Habits” for you to ask the question. When was the last time you…?
o Habit 1: “Be proactive”
o Habit 2: “Begin with the End in Mind”
o Habit 3: “Put First Things First”
o Habit 4: “Think Win-Win”
o Habit 5: “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood”
o Habit 6: “Synergize”
o Habit 7: “Sharpen the Saw”
Here’s what I learned today in 4th grade:
Truly successful people are capable of finding a balance between their family life and their professional life. Success is defined by how well the seeds left in the soil blossom through a challenge. Take time to mentor those in need of a leader. Value other people’s strengths’ and learn from them. Inspire those around you by caring enough about their success. You’re never too old to learn a new lesson!