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7 Habits in Schools Gain Success

Friday, April 17th, 2009

I recently traveled to the UK and had the opportunity to meet Ed Balls, Minister of Education. I was pleased to hear of his interest in finding out how 7 Habits school programs were doing in the UK. Mr. Balls was surprised to hear that one such program was being piloted at a school not too far from his home. He committed to go to the school to observe the program.

I strongly believe that the 7 Habits is a key to turning around schools to help improve teaching, student performance, partnerships with parents and overall success. We have many schools in the U.S. integrating the 7 Habits into their curriculum with great success.

At the secondary level, one great success is found at the AB Combs Elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have transformed themselves into a model school by infusing their curriculum and school culture with the 7 Habits. Student performance has risen, discipline problems have declined and teacher job satisfaction has gone up. If you would like to learn more about AB Combs Elementary and their success, you might be interested in reading The Leader in Me or learn more in Community by going to The Leader in Me Group.

I look forward to hearing back from Mr. Balls as he evaluates the 7 Habits secondary school program at his neighborhood school. He is a great champion for finding new ways to bridge the education gap and has developed programs that are complimentary to the 7 Habits.

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Find Success by Doing the Things You Dislike

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

As I think of the struggles many people go through, I am reminded of a powerful quote by Albert E. N. Gray:

The successful person has the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.

If you are someone who has to make important changes in your life, you may want to ponder on this idea. What are the things you know you have to do but are avoiding? If you were to discipline yourself and create a plan for doing those things, would you find positive, even breakthrough rewards?

In my case, I know when I’m trying to avoid doing something, I eventually see that I’ve paid an even higher price by avoidance. For example, when I’ve neglect my health by not eating right, exercising, or getting enough sleep because I find it hard to stick to a disciplined regiment, I have found myself feeling sluggish and not doing my best work. When I finally subordinate my dislikes to the strength of my purpose, things turn around.

Identify something you are avoiding and make a promise that you will do it. Make a promise and keep it. Subordinate the things you dislike doing to your greater purpose. The more you do this, the more strength you will build—and the more success you will find.

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