Magazine article New Zealand Management

Up Close with Stephen Covey

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Up Close with Stephen Covey

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American Stephen Covey is internationally respected and world renowned as the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.

Suzanna Rangi, the learning and development manager with NZIM Northern attended his recent workshop in Auckland.

Covey told attendees that learning is the skill of the future and our greatest investment in the future will be educating the workforce; we are in a knowledge paradigm.

Covey describes us coming from distinctive paradigms in our lifetimes: hunters and gatherers (seeking and finding); agriculturists (growing from the land); industrialists (machines); technology and knowledge (where we are now) and; wisdom and creativity (where we will be in the future).

Organisations won't survive the knowledge paradigm especially if they are exhibiting the 'Four Chronic Problems' in their organisation:

1 No clear purpose or vision;

2 Underutilised talent and potential;

3 Bureaucratic, misaligned systems;

4 Low trust.

These organisations are easy to pick as they have interdepartmental rivalry, are co-dependent, are ambiguous and have hidden agendas, are inflexible, and do not trust others or allow others to learn from their mistakes. Employees are an acute manifestation of the environment they work in and this will be destructive in any organisation. …

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