You have all read the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – well here are the ineffective ones:
Habit 1: Be inactive. Instead of basing your actions on your own chosen values, base them on your mood swings. That way you’ll never get too far.
Habit 2: Begin with the start in mind. Forget thinking about the end result and don’t write down goals. That way you’ll never achieve them.
Habit 3: Put first things last. Say yes to the unimportant, especially if it isn’t urgent. That way you’ll be totally unsuccessful.
Habit 4: Think lose-lose. Covey said “win-win” is seeking mutual benefit in all interdependent relationships. Do the opposite.
Habit 5: Seek not to understand and not to be understood. Don’t bother with the other person’s view and make sure no-one understands yours.
Habit 6: Don’t synergise. No-one knows what it means anyway, so why bother?
Habit 7: Blunt the saw. Covey said highly effective people sharpen their acts in all areas of their life. Highly ineffective people don’t. And besides, what is this saw anyway?