But first, while I haven’t looked into the facts here, but this item made me wonder: Can we find the Seven Habits of Highly Annoying Lawyers in the typical overreaching cease-and-desist letter story? I would say so:
- Covey Habit 1: Be Proactive
- Lawyer Habit 1: Be a Prostitute
- Covey Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
- Lawyer Habit 2: Begin with the Fee in Mind
- Covey Habit 3: Put First Things First
- Lawyer Habit 3: Shop for the Right Jurisdiction First
- Covey Habit 4: Think Win-Win
- Lawyer Habit 4: Think Win-Bankrupt Them
- Covey Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to Be Understood
- Lawyer Habit 5: Seek First to Understand What You Can Get Away With, then Make Your Threat Understood
- Covey Habit 6: Synergize
- Lawyer Habit 6: Sin
- Covey Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
- Lawyer Habit 6: Sharpen the Teeth
I’m feeling more effective already! Okay, now to Mark’s probably unrelated, but highly enthusiastic — not to say excessively perky — offering about the Covey thing.
Apparently, Franklin Covey, the publisher of the â€œSeven Habitsâ€ series of books has sent out a cease and desist (C&D) notice to Shlock Mercenary, an online webcomic. Some more information about the C&D notice that Shlock Mercenary received can be found here. Shlock Mercenary had been publishing an online webcomic â€œThe Seven Habits of Highly Effective Piratesâ€ for years, and just got on Franklin Coveyâ€™s radar. From the sound of the C&D notice, Franklin Covey seems to assert that any use of the number â€œ7â€ with â€œhabitâ€ is a violation of their trademark. . . .
One of tools that I used to teach the Junior Achievement class to my 10th graders was a video that outlined the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. I was impressed that everyone in my class had already read the book, and many of them took the lessons to heart.
I understand why, at times, sending out C&D notices may sometimes be warranted, but this didnâ€™t seem like one of those times. Then again, I do not have all the facts, so I do not want to sound judgmentalâ€¦.too late? My point is that I think Franklin Covey should take this as an opportunity to teach. One of the â€œhabitsâ€ that is taught by the series is â€œthink win-win.â€ What if you start out thinking win-win, but it just doesnâ€™t happen? I guess that is what litigation is about.
Yes, and litigation is anything but win-win. Right? Well, check the box — what do you think?