Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. Hence aviod GOSSIP.
From India, Madras
Very True Mr AVS.
I would like to share a popular thought with you and our Cite HR colleagues
Talking of Emotional Bank Account, Management Guru Stephen Covey stresses the importance of
SHOWING PERSONAL INTEGRITY as an important deposit.
That is Showing Integrity to persons who are not present, is highlighted as a virtue.
V.Raghunathan, Navi Mumbai

From India

Thank you Mr.Raghunathan for your valuable feedback.
Your note on Stephen Covey is amazing.
Recently I have shared few thoughts on Covey which you can see from the below link:
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Your feedback will be appreciated.

From India, Madras
Dear Sri AVS,

I am sorry I could not reply this trail in time.

To do justice, I wanted to dwell in depth and so the delay.

Indeed it is nice of you to have asked for an opinion on the possible influence on Covey, from our ‘Kavi’ Thiruvalluvar.

Even though I am big fan of both, my scholarship is not erudite, to firmly say whether Covey was influenced by Thiruvalluvar.

What prompts me to respond is the enthusiasm, the time lapsed notwithstanding.

Wise men say, universally there is no dispute on what basic human Values are ( truth, honesty, integrity, humility etc).

Covey prefers the word Principle. Religious bent of mind people call it Virtue.

School teachers and parents fancy the word Moral.

Whatever be the choice of the word, even an average Child understands the importance in the same vein.

I browsed through many kurals pertaining to human behavior.

There is no evidence of Covey getting influenced by Kural.

It is gratifying to note that he is holding Mahatama Gandhi in high esteem and

has made references about Mahatma’s contribution in his masterpiece.

So he is aware about Indian Leaders and their legacy. There is no reference to Kural in his 7 Habits.

He lived with the Principles he preached and so had he come across Kural he would have certainly acknowledged it.

In specific instances like in Listening Skills striking similarity in views are exhibited.

Perhaps it is more because of the universality of the Principle, rather than any influence.

Thiruvalluvar’s views are a set of code of conduct, explicitly written on how to live.

The Dos and Donts are given equal importance for a disciplined living.

It is like a Grammar Book with a very vast syllabus.

His legacy was left to the posterity to explain the kurals with examples.

Even today, after more than two millennium, new examples continue to come upholding the basic tenets.

For a one and half line Kural, it is not uncommon to see pages of explanation and parallels!!

Covey after observing the deviation in the last century, has given a wakeup call to people

urging them to imbibe the basic Principles, rather than go after Success at all costs.

It is more of an attempt to redress the bad trend and focuses on a few attributes only and yet detailing them to a great extent.

He has given plenty of examples - personal and those of others to convey the message.

Also it is worth mentioning that he draws support from many other famous personalities

like Maslow, Mahatma Gandhi, Benjamin Franklin, Henry David Thoreau to name a few.

“Truth is stranger than fiction”. Covey has quoted plenty of real life case histories to provide impetus.

It is to his credit that he has won the acclaim of contemporary stalwarts (from his own field) like Tom Peters, Ken Blanchard, Brian Tracy etc

Incidentally, today in response to your call, to pay tribute to the great management Guru,

I have posted my understanding and views which you may like to read.

V.Raghunathan……………………………………………………………………Navi Mumbai

From India

Dear Mr Raghunathan
Your COVEY and KAVI (poet) comparison is simply superb.
I do agree with your fine message about the two greats.
The beauty of all the scripts in this earth, lie on the interpretations.
This applies to THIRUKKURAL too.
I have enjoyed your message and it is great tribute from you to Stephen Covey, a KAVI of modern era.
Thank you for sharing your nice views.

From India, Madras

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