STOUT Inspiration + Action To Accelerate Your Week
Find inspiration in Stephen Covey’s call to recognize our individual worth and use our Stout Action Plan to bring out your unique qualities and find the potential in differences.
Stephen Covey was an American educator, author and speaker who garnered a global following and a five-year run on best-seller lists by bringing together self-help and business literature in his 1989 book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”.
Mr. Covey believed that all that people had to do was form habits out of their best instincts, dispensing seven nuggets of wisdom he thought of as simply “natural laws” like gravity:
1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Put first things first
4. Think “win-win.”
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
7. Sharpen the saw; that is, undergo frequent self-renewal.
In 2004 Covey added an 8th Habit- urging people to find their own distinctive voices and to encourage others to find theirs. He believed that a leader inspires others to recognize their own worth and potential creating a vibrant and effective workplace where all people feel engaged and inspired to succeed.
The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are.
❶ Take Inventory
Do you know what your differences are? A clear eyed knowledge of what you bring to the table is the best first step to knowing where you might need to seek out others to fill the gaps and add strength to your team or enterprise.
❷ Find Your Unique Voice
Covey believed that “each one of us is born with a unique set of gifts that we can share with the world if we choose to do so.” Check out our Stout Advice for finding your voice– then speak up and #BringOutYourStout!
❷ Encourage Others To Shine
Discuss, Divest, Delegate- It’s hard to let go of the spotlight, but recognizing when someone else has what’s needed and letting them take the lead empowers you both and shows leadership strength.
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