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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785289593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785289593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen R. Covey was recognized in 1996 as one of Time magazine's twenty five most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top twenty five power brokers. He is the author of several acclaimed books.

David K. Hatch is a recognized consultant specialized in leadership and organizational effectiveness. His career has taken him to over thirty countries, where his assessment tools have benefited numerous Fortune 500 companies and over a half million leaders.

Customer Reviews

This book is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read.
Ruthie Denise
Everyday Greatness, with commentary by Stephen R. Covey and compiled by David K. Hatch, is a wonderful and inspiring book.
Brandee Holland
The content of the book isn't what I expected from the description of the book I read before I bought.
Frederick H. Moon

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life by Stephen R. Covey and David K. Hatch is one of those books meant to be read in small doses so that the concepts can sink in. You may not find all the sections as applicable as others, but no one is together enough to not benefit from *some* part of it...

Contents:
Searching for Meaning: Contribution; Charity; Attention
Taking Charge: Responsibility; Courage; Discipline
Starting Within: Integrity; Humility; Gratitude
Creating the Dream: Vision; Innovation; Quality
Teaming with Others: Respect; Empathy; Unity
Overcoming Adversity: Adaptability; Magnanimity; Perseverance
Blending the Pieces: Balance; Simplicity; Renewal
Afterword; Acknowledgments; Notes

Even though the book has Covey's name on it, the material isn't written by him. The bulk of the material consists of compiled stories and quotes from existing sources and historical figures. Covey adds commentary to each section and chapter in order to tie them all together into a cohesive theme. Each chapter has around three stories that illustrate the particular trait being covered. There is then a Wrap Up and Reflections section that summarizes the stories and theme, as well as questions to ask yourself in order to more deeply examine how that trait would manifest in your life. Finally, the chapter concludes with a number of quotes that stick with the theme but show slightly different facets of it. All in all, there's a lot of inspiration to be had here...

For as good as this book is, I didn't find myself putting it at the top of my priority list to read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Barclay on January 9, 2007
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I have enjoyed this book very much. It has a number of wonderful stories that motivate and inspire. Covey adds his insightful commentary which is thought provoking and appropriate. The buyer should understand that this is a compilation of Readers Digest stories and NOT a Covey book per se.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on July 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Be forewarned: EVERYDAY GREATNESS: INSPIRATION
FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE by Steven R. Covey; compiled by Donald K. Hatch is not a "typical" Covey book along the lines of his classic THE SEVEN HABITSOF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE.

Rather, it is a collection of short pieces that originally appeared
in READER'S DIGEST that Covey effectively brings together
with running commentary. . . the "Reflections" section after
each chapter made me do just that; i.e., think about what
life is all about . . . I found the overall effect to be quite powerful.

I also liked the "Further Insights" that provided quotes on the
topic being discussed . . . among the ones that caused me to
pause were these:

* What do we live for if not to make the world less
difficult for each other?---George Eliot;

* It is more noble to give yourself completely to one
individual than to labor diligently for the salvation
of the masses.--Dag Hammarskjold; and

* Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human
face.--Victor Hugo.

EVERYDAY GREATNESS is the type book that
you'll often want to revisit . . . it would make a great
gift for just about anybody . . . furthermore, it can also
be a source for short read-aloud stories that can
be appreciated by all ages--such as this one [from
John Louis Feliciello]:

* As a boy I often tackled a task full of enthusiasm, only to become
discouraged quickly. One bright summer day my father showed me
an experiment with a magnifying glass and a newspaper. When he
moved the glass over the paper from one place to another, nothing
happened.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David K. Fossum on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a life long reader of Reader's Digest magazine, Condensed books and RD Select Books, I appreciate real life stories as well as good fiction. Stephen Covey has a way of striking to the core of life. With this combination, the reader is able to enjoy the experiences of others and then apply that to making their own life richer.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Skye on January 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Years ago I took the Dale Carnegie course on public speaking and human relations, it changed my life. As a pupil we would read, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" & "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living". Both books taught valuable lessons which we would study and give a two minute talk in front of the class. After each speech the instructor would provide feedback on what the student said and how they applied the principles. It was a great forum for personal development and this book follows that format. It seemed that these two great teachers have developed a similar comprehension and approach to their discipline of human achievement.

The book is comprised of similar stories like the talks we gave, but to tell the truth at first I found some of them silly and poorly written. Many of the lessons I didn't understand and even some I disagreed with however most I found deeply thoughtful. I would pause over the "Reflections" portions after each chapter and considered the comments; this was very enlightening experience for me. There is also a "Further Insights" section which provides quotes on the topics which were also very elucidating. All of this returned me to the sagacious enrichment of that Dale Carnegie class. It is said that once a mind is open, it never returns to it original size, books like this add and hasten that expansion.
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Stephen R. Covey is a renowned leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and co-founder of FranklinCovey Co. He is author of several international bestsellers, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold over 20 million copies. He was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans. Dr. Covey holds the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership at the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

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