7 habits of Highly Effective People for International Competence

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, as Stephen R. Covey shows us, are the following:

1. Be Proactive

2. Begin with an end in mind

3. Put first things first

4. Think win-win

5. Seek 1st to understand, then to be understood

6. Synergize (1+1= 3 or more)

7. Sharpen the Saw

You can apply perfectly these 7 habits for intercultural competence.

1. Be Proactive: Even though you may have culture shock, be homesick, you may have a hard time understanding another culture, or you have communication problems, you can apply this habit by always standing by your principles. By applying your principles, by listening to people, by building trust, that is being proactive.

2. In an international perspective, you can apply this habit by knowing what you want to accomplish abroad. By knowing your goals, it will become a lot easier to succed.

3. By applying habit number 2 (begin with an end in mind) you will notice how you will start to prioritize your life activities.

In an international level, you will notice that T.V. becomes less important as well as other habits you have at home. Building long lasting relationships or doing important task will become more important.

4. This is for me one of the most important habits in an international competence perspective. When you apply this in this perspective, you can make great and long lasting relationships. By thinking about how you can profit from other people, but also thinking about how they can profit from you will be fun and beneficial for everyone. This is exactly why people get out of their own culture and get to know new ones.

5. If you apply the habit mentioned above, this 5th habit will be very easy to apply. When you go abroad it...