How are we creating a habit?
If you want to develop a habit, according to Stephen Covey you have to learn it, teach it and live it (learning by doing).
It is better that people look at what you do than hear what you say. It needed
to answer at what to do and how; and of course the willpower to achieve it.
In consequence we´re in a planning
1. Knowledge. What to do?
2. Practice. Responds to how and do
3. Conclusion: Test results. Have you been successful?
Yes, no? Why?
Noam Chomsky also
says similar ideas to Stephen Covey. A paradigm is our vision of
the world and he says about it:
"If you want to change and improve, work in
practices, behaviors or attitudes. But if you want to make significant
improvements, work on paradigms "
Before writing a personal mission,
it´s a good help to describe our vision. It can help you to achieve a qualitative
change in your life.
Human Brain Overview
Human Brain has
got three parts that affect our daily and in consequence, we should consider and
1. Rational part: neocortex, the newer part of
our brain according to Triune Brain of MacLean.
2. Emotional part: lymbic system (including the unconscious
mind). Our emotions are related with the body, too.
3. Spiritual part: according to Stephen Covey,
Viktor Frankl and others is
related with our vision, calling
or life sense. Other opinions with the
skills developed by the mystics. Thanks to neuroscience and brain scanners
(fmri), we can study the neuronal connections in meditative states, in peace
and compassion feelings and the origin of the insights.
Lean habits are associated with all three.
For instance, we need an analytical mind to cause-effect relations and planning
tasks and empathy, hope and regulate emotions are needed to teamworking and
leadership. Mindfulness is useful in
conflict management and gemba walks. You can develop it with meditation and
After this little introduction, the next
quote of Dr. Lair Ribeiro has sense:
“Thinking logically is not enough to handle
complex systems. Thinking has to include reason, emotion, intuition, perception,
communication and creativity”.
Another approach is the theory of
multiple intelligences by Howard Gardner: logical-mathematical, spatial,
linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal,
naturalistic and existential. We have to develop the linguistic, the
logical-mathematic and intrapersonal in our field. The interpersonal
intelligence can be improved in ours
jobs; there are many social relations in a construction project. It only needed will and observation.
Some people call emotional excellence to the development of the
interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence. Although some researchers deny
the existence of Emotional Intelligence, but not the Emotional Competencies.
Something similar happens with the Spiritual Intelligence and Spirituals
Tips for purchasing the lean habits
Kaizen habit will be explained in the next
Trust in people, win-win approachs,
develop your linguistic and emotional skills and generate synergies. Go to
teamworking for further details.
2. Stop and solve
Calmless is needed to find out the
solution. Two approachs:
- Focus in solutions:
typical from coaching.
- Scientific mind:
interesting the paper of Steven Spears related. We´ll have to create a habit of
cause-effect. If you carry with you a paper and a pen 24 hours, it´s very
Toyota use a simple method to find the
root of the problems: the five why´s. It´s about questioning five times why on a recurring basis till
getting to the origin of the mistake.
Last discoveries in neuroscience have showed brain is malleable.
We can get what we want with attitude and a good workout. We should train our
3. Standardize activities
Once the study has been carried out or
planned how to perform an activity in resources, procedures and time; before
starting it´s necessary to check if we have all the aspects and tools needed to
execute it, to be consistent with the task.
It will be easier to find an answer to the
setbacks of the project that arise if we standardize first. It´s helpful to
establish cause-effect relationships.
4. Personal Planning
Stephen Covey wrote a whole book about
this habit called “First things first”. He left us this graphic to manage time:
Urgent important activities
Non Urgent important activities
Urgent non important activities
Non Urgent non important activities
out your tasks accorting this time matrix. A leader or manager has to focus in
Putting your roles
and goals according to your personal mission: as a worker, as a husband, as a father, etc…
Placing the tasks of the first and second quadrant in
the weekly schedule considering time and
Other tools could be the mind maps of Buzan
or the life wheel.
It´s not about the book “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It´s about letting your ideas, thoughts and projects in the
world, not for you. Your networking will do the rest without any effort of your
Other habits like “kaizen” and “observing”
are showed in other sites of this blog. The most important habits are these
Kaizen: improve every day
Create value and flow. You´ll have to plan.
3. Know your weaknesses (constraints
according to Goldratt in his book “The
There are gurus of leadership like Jim Collins propose to
hire the best, most qualified workers and managers. This means to get the sack
your current board member. The transformation through coaching could be a
solution. It´s something similar with the four pillars for the education of the
XXI century in Delors report.