Friday, October 11, 2019

Covey's First Habit Advice to Proponents of Corruption Eradication First

Stephen Covey's first habit advice to anti-corruption proponents:
First habit of highly successful people states that focusing on circle of concern is counter productive. Instead focusing on your circle of Influence will cause it to expand, and this expansion will eventually take care of your concerns. "Process Efficiency" is in your circle of Influence and "corruption" is in your circle of Concern.



By making the processes transparent and efficient (BPR), you can get rid of corruption. Efficiency is in the circle of Influence of every departmental head, while corruption lies in the departmental head's circle of concern (it involves other departments such as investigation agencies and other organs of state such as courts). Hence, as per Stephen Covey's first habit efficiency should be the first target. Expansion of circle of Influence will take care of concerns (such as corruption).

It is insane to be doing the same thing again n again and expecting a different result!

We should try massive BPR and changing of government processes to increase efficiency and speed of delivery. BPR will curb incompetence and will reward merit and decrease incompetence. But, this will require that the government should focus on Covey's First Habit of concentrating on circle of Influence (processes) rather than the circle of Concern (corruption). We have example of massive reduction in corruption in Passport and NADRA through increase in efficiency. We have several such examples in Pakistan.
One of my FB friend explained this as follows:
"While delivering a Lean Six Sigma training in a sensitive organisation, I found out that their procurement life cycle was 1.5 years. That is a next level of systematic incompetence. The interesting thing was that I was told that Rs 60 part is still bought for Rs 600. To me it's clear that Rs 540 is much less of a spillage than waiting for 1.5 years." Unfortunately the costs of incompetence and inefficiency are far greater. Compare the costs of "corruption filled" Rs30Bn Multan metro completed in one year with the still unfinished "clean corruption free" Rs 100Bn Peshawar Metro causing traffic jams in largest city of kpk for the last three years wasting millions of man-hours of city travelers !

See other posts on Corruption: 

  1. Can Corruption Problem be Solved by Hanging a Few Thousands?
  2. Can Corruption be Eliminated by Hanging a few Thousands through Panama Case like Judgments
  3. Corruption is a cause or symptom of Government Inefficiency- Challenge for Imran Khan
  4. Covey's First Habit Advice to Proponents of Corruption Eradication First 
  5. How Corruption is being Eliminated in Pakistan since 1950s: Corruption as a Ruse to Maintain Status Quo
  6. How to Eliminate Corruption in Pakistan: Simplicity and Transparency of Bureaucratic Procedures
  7. It is not corruption but incompetence and inefficiency that is the fundamental problem of third world countries 

See Also:


  1. Booby Traps Inserted in 1973 Constitution by DoN Godfathers that Perpetually Keep Pakistan in an ICU Emergency
  2. Can Corruption Problem be Solved by Hanging a Few Thousands?
  3. Can Corruption be Eliminated by Hanging a few Thousands through Panama Case like Judgements
  4. Can a Strong Clean Leader or Suomoto Judgments Solve All Problems of Pakistan
  5. Case Study of Economic Hitmen of 2018 Pakistan
  6. Constitutional Solution to Curb Horsetrading in Pakistan
  7. Corruption is a cause or symptom of Government Inefficiency- Challenge for Imran Khan
  8. Covey's First Habit Advice to Proponents of Corruption Eradication First
  9. Government Spending, Keynesian Economics and Pakistan's Economic Slide in 2018-19
  10. How Corruption is being Eliminated in Pakistan since 1950s: Corruption as a Ruse to Maintain Status Quo
  11. How Long Pakistan has been Under the Corrupt Rule when Imran Khan Tookover
  12. How Neocolonialism Keeps Developing Countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan Perpetually Destabilized
  13. How to Eliminate Corruption in Pakistan: Simplicity and Transparency of Bureaucratic Procedures
  14. How to Sabotage Change (Tabdeeli) by Turning the Focus from Output to Input
  15. How to be a Change Leader and a Job Creator
  16. I'm OK, You're Not OK: My Government is OK, Your Government is Not OK (Corrupt)
  17. Importance of Literature in Law: A Case Study of the Panama Case Supreme Court Judgement

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