7 Habits of Highly Effective Healthcare IT Professionals

A book that I’m sure all of you have heard about and many of you have read is 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. It’s an incredible book that’s helped millions of people become more effective in their work and personal lives. While the book was originally published back in 1989, the principles it shares are quite timeless.

I was reminded of this when my friend Muhammad Siddiqui, Senior Director of IT Operations at Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi shared the following infographic (click on the image to see it full size):

While this isn’t my favorite infographic, the steps it outlines are the real gold:

  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think win/win
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the saw

Which of these habits stand out to you? Which ones could you apply in your life and see a personal or professional improvement?

I think one that I see missing in many people today is #5 Seek first to understand, and then to be understood. It’s really easy in our current society to not slow down and take the time to understand the people around us. Whether that’s a co-worker, a boss, a customer, etc. All of those relationships can benefit from empathetic listening.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.