This is the sixth installment in a series on Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and what they mean for information professionals. Habit 4, "Think Win/Win," is vital to every information professional who seeks enterprise information resource management, value chain optimization or information quality.

Mastery of the first three habits (Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind and Put First Things First) gets you to independence - what Covey calls "private victory." This puts us in control of ourselves and enables us to be effective with our inner life. However, we do not live life in a vacuum. We need more to be effective in our interpersonal relationships.

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