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#9926989 Aug 25, 2014 at 09:00 PM · Edited 3 years ago
KT Knight
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In 1989, Stephen Covey wrote a book called Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The author’s goal was to use universal and timeless principles of morality and ethics to illustrate how people can become more successful leaders. It’s a short read and well worth it. It’s even available as an audio book if reading isn’t your thing.

As a sort of thought experiment, I figured it might be interesting to see how each of these principles could apply to commanding in WvW. So, I went chapter by chapter, copied a brief summary of each chapter, and added my own thoughts on how it applies to WvW commanding.

I mostly did this for my own benefit, since I’ve purchased a tag recently in preparation for the new patch. If I ever decide to actually turn the thing on, I want to be damn well sure I do it right.

I’m pretty pleased with how this came out overall. I hope you all enjoy it, too.
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The first three habits have to do with self-mastery:

“Habit 1: Be Proactive
Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life's principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.”


By tagging up, I accept that the success of the group hinges on my choices. If we get wiped by a stronger force, I need to improve my threat assessment. If there are stragglers, I need to better communicate my speed and direction before moving to ensure the entire group is ready. If we capture a tower, it was the result of good timing and appropriate threat assessment. Remember to give myself credit for the good as much as to correct the bad.

“Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life.”


Why am I commanding? I want to help the server earn points towards the current match up. I want to earn karma and loot to help improve my characters. I want to have fun and help others have fun through organized large-scale team play. To a lesser extent, I want to increase my standing and reputation in the guild and server to facilitate future commanding.

“Habit 3: Put First Things First
A manager must manage his own person. Personally. And managers should implement activities that aim to reach the second habit. Covey says that rule two is the mental creation; rule three is the physical creation.”


If I want my group to ignore squirrels and dodge red circles, I must do those things. If I want my group to run competitive, standard WvW builds, I cannot run experimental builds or command on my thief. Follow my own rules. Create a character that can be emulated as well as followed.

The next three habits have to do with working with others:

“Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Genuine feelings for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.”


Remember that each member of the group might have different motivations for being in WvW. Try to give each person something to play for, but always keep the greater good of the group, the guild, and the server in mind. Stay alive, capture objectives, increase the score. Everything else is secondary.

“Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Use empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.”


Listen to feedback from those following me. Some things are stylistic differences, but some are faults that need to be corrected. Always be prepared to make a change if it can make me a better commander.

Emphasize the importance of quality call outs. When good call outs are made, illustrate how the information is used to make decisions on the battlefield. When information is missing, ask for it and show how better calls can be made if more information is given.

“Habit 6: Synergize
Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone.”


Consider how to make best use of all characters. Use combo fields, traits, and abilities in an efficient manner. Be aware of the members of my group and their own personal strengths. Put my group members in roles they are most likely to succeed at and enjoy.

The final habit has to do with continuous improvement:

“Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.”


In game, keep improving my gear. Stay current with the meta-game. Keep learning new tactics, siege placements, and map tricks. Follow other commanders, think about what they do that I like, and incorporate that into my game.

Out of game, be well-rested and well-fed to maximize the quality of my game time. Come to the game ready to have fun. Don’t bring my outside stresses into the game. Don’t let the game detract from my life, but rather use it to enhance the enjoy-ability of my free time.
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#9927260 Aug 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Council
280 Posts
Well said, a true WvW post for sure! This makes me want to command again and again and again...

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#9927750 Aug 26, 2014 at 03:14 AM
KT Elder
589 Posts
Really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing Hobbit!
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#9929844 Aug 26, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Council
280 Posts
May I suggest you post this under the WvW section on SBI? I believe it would be a great resource for others to use, especially new commanders who tend to get ahead of themselves.

I learned a lot and I've been commanding for a year and a half!
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#13037175 Feb 03, 2017 at 08:08 AM
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All those habits are indeed useful, thanks for sharing! If you're dreaming about to become rich and successful, follow this link http://skywritingservice.com/blog/top-25-habits-of-successful-people for more details!
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#13038312 Feb 03, 2017 at 05:18 PM
Council
280 Posts
#13037175 lindawilliams12 wrote:

All those habits are indeed useful, thanks for sharing! If you're dreaming about to become rich and successful, follow this link http://skywritingservice.com/blog/top-25-habits-of-successful-people for more details!



Wut...
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#13040175 Feb 04, 2017 at 02:04 PM
Council
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#13037175 lindawilliams12 wrote:

All those habits are indeed useful, thanks for sharing! If you're dreaming about to become rich and successful, follow this link http://skywritingservice.com/blog/top-25-habits-of-successful-people for more details!



This is what we call spam. People go out, post lots of these same messages on forums they can get access to, and then it allows search engines to find their sites better. Kinda annoying on a community forum like this.
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#13040503 Feb 04, 2017 at 05:03 PM
KT Elder
388 Posts
#13040175 Sero wrote:

People Bots go out, post lots [...]


FTFY.
"Up and down, over and through, back around--the joke's on you."

"I can't cater to that level of crazy!" -- Damarus
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#13040585 Feb 04, 2017 at 05:49 PM
Council
192 Posts
Actually, its people too. Just copy paste. I did it for a little while, and didn't get me anywhere. Thats why I know. This case is probably a bot however.
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#13047792 Feb 07, 2017 at 03:12 PM
Council
280 Posts
On a side note I did enjoy reading hobbits post again, we will need to keep this around for CROWFALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.
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