The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habits are powerful forces in our lives. They determine our level of effectiveness or ineffectiveness.

As relevant today as when Stephen R. Covey first wrote them The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will help you navigate very real problems in challenging times.  This program delivered in partnership with Franklin Covey focuses on what you can influence when things are out of your control; prioritise in the midst of overwhelming forces; preserve and deepen the relationships with your family, friends, and work colleagues. Recommended for all university this program sets the foundation for professional effectiveness – increasing productivity, restoring balance, and developing greater maturity and responsibility.

Renowned as the world’s premier personal leadership development solution, the new 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Signature Edition 4.0 aligns timeless principles of effectiveness with modern technology and practises.

No matter how competent a person is, he or she will not have sustained and lasting success unless they are able to effectively lead themselves, influence, engage and collaborate with others, and continually improve and renew their capabilities. These elements are at the heart of personal, team, and organisational effectiveness.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®: Signature Edition 4.0 develops leadership effectiveness at three levels:
1. Individual
  • Develop increased maturity, greater productivity, and the ability to manage one’s self.
  • Execute critical priorities with laser-like focus and careful planning.
2. Team
  • Increase team engagement, morale, and collaboration.
  • Improve communication skills and strengthen relationships.
3. Organisational
  • Create a framework for developing core values and creating a highly effective culture.
  • Develop current and high-potential leaders who model both character and competence.


The 7 Habits Objectives
Paradigms and Principles of Effectiveness

Assess paradigms and align to principles of effectiveness.

Habit 1: be proactive®

Assume responsibility, focus, and act on what can be controlled and influenced, instead of what can’t.

Habit 2: begin with the end in mind®

Define clear measures of success and create a plan to achieve them for both life and work.

Habit 3: put first things first®

Prioritise and achieve the most important goals instead of constantly reacting to urgencies.

Habit 4: think win-win®

Collaborate more effectively with others by building high-trust relationships of mutual benefit.

Habit 5: seek first to understand, then to be understood®

Influence others by developing a deep understanding of their needs and perspectives.

Habit 6: synergise®

Develop innovative solutions that leverage diversity and satisfy all key stakeholders.

Habit 7: sharpen the saw®

Increase motivation, energy, and work/life balance by making time for renewal activities.


The 7 Habits Process

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People helps you not only learn to be more effective, but also shows how to use processes and tools to live and apply the 7 Habits everyday.

Watch the Franklin Covey video on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® here.


Who should attend?

Recommended for all university staff this program sets the foundation for professional effectiveness – increasing productivity, restoring balance, and developing greater maturity and responsibility.

Richard Holtgrefe - Consultant

Helping his clients achieve extraordinary results is what Richard is passionate about. Possessing a diverse range of professional and personal skills and experience, Richard offers an approach that is fresh, engaging, and insightful and leads to consistently successful outcomes. He has worked in executive roles in banking, IT, and consulting on six continents and this versatility enables him to manage a wide range of clients. Richard readily incorporates practical and relevant examples during his consulting sessions and training workshops and engages and challenges his participants in a fun and energetic environment.Richard has a rich history with FranklinCovey having spent five years working in business development prior to making an internal move into consulting. A dual USA/Australian citizen, his consulting and managerial experience extends beyond FranklinCovey over a 13-year span. As a result of this diverse range of experience, Richard has a deep understanding of client needs at all levels of the value chain.

As a Consultant, Richard helps his clients achieve results through the full range of FranklinCovey programs including but not limited to The 4 Disciplines of Execution; The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity; Leading at the Speed of Trust; Project Management Essentials; Helping Clients Succeed; The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership; and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.In addition to his Consultant role, Richard further challenges and develops himself by working in the real estate industry and is an active property investor. Richard earned his Bachelor of Business from Cornell University (New York, USA) and his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Queensland. He balances his active work life by playing soccer competitively and attempting new recipes whenever possible.