SPRING HILL –
About 60 teachers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, and principals at Fox Chapel Middle School had something of a role reversal Wednesday afternoon.
“I personally taught the ‘Seven Habits’ in every other state except for Alaska,” said Lonnie Moore, senior lead consultant for Franklin Covey, which is the training firm based out of Tampa helping to implement the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” model into the school’s leadership. “It’s very much a global thing.”
Fox Chapel Middle School is the first in Hernando County School District to implement this type of leadership program, called “The Leader in Me,” Moore said, and joins about 40 other schools in the state where the program is already in place.
Fox Chapel Middle School Principal Ray Pinder said teachers, faculty and staff will undergo the professional development before teachers will be able to help students incorporate the “Seven Habits” model, to first be leaders of themselves before being leaders of others as they grow.
“We always say the ‘Seven Habits’ are common sense,” Moore said. “But common sense is not always common practice.”
According to Moore’s website, the seven habits are:
Habit One: Be proactive and take responsibility for choosing one’s actions, attitudes, and moods.
Habit Two: Begin with the end in mind, and plan ahead and set goals.
Habit Three: Put first things first, or work on what’s important first, and then play.
Habit Four: Think win-win, or balance one’s wants with the wants of others.
Habit Five: Seek first to understand, then to be understood, or listen before one talks.
Habit Six: Synergize, or work together and value others’ strengths, and learn from them.
Habit Seven: Sharpen the saw, or keep one’s life in balance by eating and sleeping right, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.
There will be three training sessions coming up this summer, Pinder said, and several more during the upcoming school year.