Inspired by Stephen R. Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Westline Education Group (WEG) organised the workshop “The 7 Habits of Highly successful people” on 29th of December, 2018 at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC).
The workshop was designed to create a platform for students who wish to change themselves to become more successful in the future by transforming their characteristic from pessimistic people to a leader of their own lives.
The core purpose of the workshop was to share know-ledge and experience about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to the public to enrich their mindsets about certain situations and to view the world in a more positive note. It is also aimed at cultivating a proactive behaviour among the young.
In his speech at the start of the workshop, Pech Bolene, chief executive officer at WEG said, “The workshop of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is created with the intention of providing a short personal development training to students, student’s parents who work as officials in the government, staff in private companies, organisations, or those who have personal enterprises to possess correct attitudes that will contribute a lot in their personal development as well as in their profession . This will play a very important role in developing strong human resources for one nation and for the whole world”.
The workshop gave key insights from the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
1. Sharpen the saw
Don’t work yourself to death. Strive for a sustainable lifestyle that affords you time to improve, recharge and be effective in the long-term.
2. Be proactive
You have a natural need to wield influence on the world around you so don’t spend your time just reacting to external events and circumstances. Take charge and assume responsibility for your life.
3. Begin with an end in mind
Don’t spend your life working aimlessly, tackling whatever job is at hand. Have a vision for the future and align your actions accordingly to make it into a reality.
4. Put first things first
To prioritise your work, focus on what’s important, meaning the things that bring you closer to your vision of the future. Don’t get distracted by urgent but unimportant tasks.
When negotiating with other, don’t try to get the biggest slice of the cake, but rather find a division that is acceptable to all parties. You will still get your fair share, and build strong positive relationships in the process.
6. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
When someone presents us with a problem, we often jump right to giving a solution. This is a mistake. We should first take time to really listen to the other person and only then make recommendations.
Adopt the guiding principle that in a group, the contributions of many will far exceed those of any individual. This will help you achieve goals you could never have reached on your own.
Yoeun Davin, an Information Technology major at the Royal University of Law and Economics said that, “This workshop is really beneficial not only to students but also to people in general because it provided a lot of teaching lessons about having a life mission, life responsibility, organising your time based on priorities and such.”
Soth Seyha, a third year student at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, emphasised her interest in the point of “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”. She said, “This is a great lesson learned for everyone to not jump into conclusion without having to listen to other people’s opinion first because in many places not only at work, or school, a lot of problems have happened due to misunderstanding and miscommunication between each other”.