An Atlanta firm that specializes in personal development training tailors the course, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,". It is instructed by Jerry Aull from that city who concedes most people know the concepts from childhood but says they have forgotten how to utilize them.
"It is full of things we already know and our grandmas told us when we were five-years-old," said Aull. "But it is the biggest business best seller of all time by double. So it is in 27 languages and 13 million copies and yet it is things that we already know and need to do better."
A sampling of the students indicated enthusiasm for the program. One is Father Elvin Sunds of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
"I think what it will do is help me in order to help direct our parish, and kind of focus some of our goals within our parish and within the community as well," said the Rev. Sunds.
Capt. Jeff Lewis of the Meridian Police Department said it will help in his job.
"The main thing that I'm looking at is the potential that this class has provided to make me a better supervisor and a better manager," said Lewis, "to be able to provide a higher level of administration at my level with the police department, to benefit myself as well as the people who work for me."
Tom Wacaster is head of the Hardin Foundation. In his job he deals with people every day.
"The older I get the more I realize how much more I don't know and this has been a terrific experience to sort of rethink how one relates to other people and to each other," said Wacaster.
A second class of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People will be taught beginning Apr. 29. For information call the EMBDC at 683-1306.