Stephen Covey and Win-Win

Upward Arrows for Win Win at Maranatha Christian Academy

Dear Parent,

Stephen Covey’s seminal book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, was published in 1989 and sold 15 million copies.  Covey presented an approach to being effective by aligning to what he called “true north” principles of character and ethic that are universal as well as timeless…can you say biblical.

Habit 4 is “Think Win/Win” which we termed in our innovation mindset as “Create a Win/Win Solution”.  To think and then create situations where there can be a real win/win necessitates respect, listening, character, a spirit of cooperation and an abundance mindset.  It’s the belief in a third alternative to, it’s my way or your way, but instead a better way…a higher way.  I like how Romans 14:19 in the NIV reads, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

Developing within our students the ability and strength of character to seek mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in their relationships is imperative.  Fostering the skills to value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term solution.  This will enhance their credibility and position them to have greater influence within their generation and, more importantly, for the Kingdom.

Brian Sullivan
Head of School
Maranatha Christian Academy
Brooklyn Park, MN

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