Part One: Paradigms and Principles (Inside out)
In my previous post ( Click to revisit – Book Review….) we looked at what the whole book covers. In this part we would look at details and aspire to be effective.
At this first part of the book, Stephen Covey noted that he researched into these fields of pertaining to human (paradigms and principles) and after some of his researches; he became interested in how perceptions are formed hence the study of Personality ethic and Character ethics. To him, the character ethic taught that, there are basic principles of effective living and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character. Whilst the Personality Ethic made success become more a function of personality, of public image, of attitudes and behaviors, skills and techniques, which lubricate the processes of human interaction.
As observed by Stephen Covey, paradigms affect the way we think about life. Both the Character Ethic and the Personality Ethic are examples of social paradigms. To elaborate his point well, he talked about his experience with his son and developmental processes. In considering the developmental processes and teaching about principles of growth and change, he indicated that, sense of possession needs to come before sense of genuine sharing.
This part basically showed the goodness of shifting your paradigm to the positive one that would facilitate your growth. To solidify that point he said “the way we see the problem is the problem”. Hence we need new levels of thinking.
Some important lessons from this part are that, Principles are not values. Principles are the territory. Values are maps. When we value correct principles, we have truth — knowledge of things as they are. Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.