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[closed] Please explain "Beginning with the End in Mind" from Stephen R. Covey's Book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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I am Aimee and I love learning! So far I am a full time student at Concordia University. My fields of study are business administration and management. I have already earned a degree in business administration, and I will have my bachelor's degree next. It will complement my experience with volunteering. Upon reading some material in the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", I saw that one of the habits was about beginning with the end in mind. To me , this means that office managers need to focus on where there success is and how to keep on getting it. I also believe that it means having a clear set of goals and personal perspective to get you where you need to go. This could be extended to leaders who should help others too. In addition, managers alwas need to be aware of what is changing today so that old products, services, ideas, and forms of technology do not get outdated.

What do you think? Thanks. #business-administration #leadership #office-management #business-development #job-coaching

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Gary’s Answer

Hi.
Excellent question...I think it means that you need to know where you are going or what your goals are or you may have a hard time reaching them. In business, sometimes people do things just to do them or keep busy with no real goal or end in sight.

There is a saying I like, "If you don't know where you are going, you will never get there".
Hope this helps...good luck!

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Stacy’s Answer

Yes, great question Aimee. I think you're on the right track. Beginning with the end in mind (to me) means thinking about & documenting...



  • How do I want things to look when I'm done?

  • What are the criteria for success?

  • How will I know when I'm done?

  • How do I want to feel when I'm done?

  • What happens after I'm done?

  • What will it take to get me where I'm going?

  • Who will be involved in the process?

  • Does everyone else have the same view of what success looks like (customers, co-workers, boss, etc.)? If not, what is their view? What are their expectations?

  • How long with the process of achieving this end state take? What resources are needed? Is this expectation reasonable?


This is what I would call using logic to solve a problem or achieve a specific result or outcome. You can apply this to anything short-term or long-term.

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