Habit 5 seek first to understand then to be understood communication is the most important skill in life communicate effectively at all levels by listening to understand as opposed to listening to simply reply. This post is the fifth in a series summarizing the book the 7 habits of highly effective people im breaking the book down into 7 posts one blog post per habit and publishing one per week today im covering habit 5 seek first to understand then be understood this is the second habit in the book . Habit 5 seek first to understand then to be understood understanding the habit o readthehabit5storyfrom7habitsofhappykidswithyourclasshaveadiscussion we need the magnifying glass to seek first to understand to see the smaller important things then take time to slow down and truly listen with your heart . The second half of habit 5 then seek to be understood is as important as the first half but requires something different of us the first portion requires consideration but seeking to be understood requires courage practicing only the first half of habit 5 is a lose win situation. The fifth habit of stephen coveys the 7 habits of highly effective people seek first to understand then to be understood is also the first step in the process of last weeks 4 th habit think win win it involves asking ourselves not only what we want from a given situation but also what the other party wants
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