Best-Self Strategy

Parents, teachers, mentors–this can be a resource for your influence on students/loved ones
Consider these two sets of best practices for your best-self strategy, which summarizes how you do your best and can be used to coach others who ask about how to do their best
(“Mom/Dad/Teacher, you keep telling me to do my best; how do I do that?”).
Hint: there is more to a good answer than “work hard with a positive attitude.”
Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
(taught at the Life Leaders seminar, from the book of that name)
  1. Be proactive.
  2. Begin with the end in mind.
  3. First things first.
  4. Think win-win.
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
  6. Synergize.
  7. Sharpen the saw.
Dr. Dyson’s 7 Best Practices to Plan and Lead your Life
(developed beginning 1987 and a model for Life Leaders)
  1. Lead your Life.
  2. Plan for Life.
  3. Have an Impact.
  4. Balance your Life.
  5. Live Your Priorities.
  6. Assess and Adjust.
  7. Renew and improve.
Dyson Life Leadership Model 1987 Gold
For more info or action
  • attend Life Leaders public seminar Thursday, February 4, near Birmingham (if you cannot attend, you can receive handouts, slides, and a coaching call–
  • sponsor events for those you serve (training, coaching, program dev)
  • sponsor programs for students-teachers-parents planning for school and life
  • sponsor classroom resources on why students are “Free to Flourish”
  • sponsor seminars and coaching for people Mastering Goliaths, making comebacks, earning empowerment, sustaining better beyond homelessness, recovering from war or other stresses, others motivated to be and do their best
  • invite Dr. Dyson or another speaker to present at your civic club or city hall
  • download or donate for books and workbooks at the web site

This photo is of Dr. Covey teaching in Birmingham at a Life Leaders event in 1993:

Covey1993BSC.jpgDr. Stephen Covey (1932-2012), author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, lectured at the National Leadership Seminar presented by Life Leaders hosted at Birmingham-Southern College in January 1993. Dr. Neal R. Berte hosted. Dr. David Dyson moderated and opened the seminar. Dr. Covey taught on the “Seven Habits” in the morning session and “Principle-Centered Leadership” in the afternoon. Sponsors of 35-70+ tickets each were BellSouth, Protective Life, Alabama Power Company,  Southern Company Services, and Parisian. The College sponsored facilities, parking, and personnel. Life Leaders Institute and Life Leaders Association (then called the Personal Leadership Association) organized the event to advance personal leadership in Alabama and America.



About Dr. David Dyson

Dr. David Dyson serves as author, coach, and teacher helping students and true professionals to PLAN and LEAD in LIFE. He is founder-trustee of Life Leaders America since 1988 and he is on appointment at Troy University lecturing and doing projects.
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