Can being too complacent derail your career ? Think about it.
We all like to feel happy in our current jobs, wanting to come to work every morning, satisfied at work, thinking ourselves to be indispensable and apart from these we like to feel at ease with our boss, our colleagues and to enjoy ourselves if the company culture is conducive to doing so. So you may think that if you truly enjoy your work why you would even contemplate a change.
The 7th habit of Covey’s – Sharpen the Saw is linked to you – it focuses on preserving and enhancing the greatest asset which you have – YOURSELF.
You may have heard the story which lies behind this habit :
A woodcutter strained to saw down a tree. A young man who was watching asked “What are you doing?”
“Are you blind?” the woodcutter replied. “I’m cutting down this tree.”
The young man was unabashed. “You look exhausted! Take a break. Sharpen your saw.”
The woodcutter explained to the young man that he had been sawing for hours and did not have time to take a break.
The young man pushed back… “If you sharpen the saw, you would cut down the tree much faster.”
Stephen Covey’s habits also include the inter-personal skills of which in my opinion Think Win-Win is key to being successful in today’s world.
Interacting with others in all spheres of life is an ongoing process – be it at work, at home, with friends etc. and doing so successfully is vital to succeeding and being happy with life. Remember Think Win-Win isn’t just about being nice with others; it is in fact a code of conduct for our interaction and collaboration with others.