Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw

Written by Maren Schmidt on March 01, 2017

Carpenters and cooks know a certain rule of productivity.

A sharp well-maintained tool makes a job go faster and easier.

Plus, tools that are ready to go are a pleasure to use.

One of facts of life that I understand now, that I didn’t appreciate...

Habit 6: Synergize

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 01, 2017

Synergize?

When I first read The 7 Habits, this idea of synergize lacked clarity for me.

Covey subtitles this chapter on synergy as Principles of Creative Cooperation.

As I incorporated the first five habits into my life, though, synergy...

Five Step Problem Solving

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 18, 2017

"Stop!" I heard six-year-old Alan tell a couple of three-year-old girls. "I think you've got a problem."

Lila and Susan, the three-year-olds, were tugging and grunting to see who would get possession of a puzzle. Alan continued, "I think you both...

Habit 5: Seek First To Understand

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 04, 2017

There are four basic types of communication: Reading and writing, listening and speaking.

Most of our days are spent communicating in some form or the other.

Our school days are filled with learning to become better readers and writers, but how...

Habit 4: Thinking Win/Win

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 30, 2016

One of the habits of highly effective people is to think win/win.

In our building of relationships there is a fundamental idea that comes into play:

We cannot create interdependent connections until we have established independence in ourselves. 

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 02, 2016

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells us that time management is a misnomer.

Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 30, 2016

Begin with the end in mind.

A simple yet profound idea.

How many of us would start to build a house without having detailed blueprint? 

But many of us go through life without much of a plan.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 28, 2016

Introducing The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Earlier this summer I made a list of books that I felt had been pivotal in my growth as a leader.

Needless to say, Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People made that list.

Free Kids Talk Resources For Your School Community

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 26, 2016

Goodness, it has been a busy few months!

I'm excited to let you know about my Kids Talk courses moving to their new "home" at KidsTalkWorkshops.com

You'll love to share these free revamped courses with your school community: