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Principle-Centered Leadership [Kindle Edition]

Stephen R. Covey
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This book asks the fundamental question, how do we as individuals (and organizations), not only survive but thrive amid tremendous change? More, why are our efforts to improve continuing to fail despite the millions of dollars we spend in time, capital, and human effort every year? How do we combat all of this by unleashing the full measure of our creativity, talent, and energy in the midst of this pressure? Is it realistic to believe that we can find balance in our personal life, family life, and professional life?

Author Stephen R. Covey shows that the answer to these concerns is Principle-Centered Leadership; a long-term, inside-out approach to developing people and organizations. Covey tells that the key to dealing with the challenges that we face today is the recognition of a principle-centered core within not only each of us, but within our organizations. Covey offers insights and guidelines that demonstrate how we can apply these principles both at work and at home which will lead not only to an increase in our productivity and the quality of our work, but also to a new appreciation of the importance of establishing more personal and professional relationships as we strive to enjoy a more balance, more rewarding and ultimately more effective life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Stephen R. Covey is a renowned authority on leadership, a family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co. He has a B.S. from the University of Utah, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University.

Dr. Covey's insightful advice has helped millions. His book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold millions of copies and was named one of the most influential business books by Forbes magazine. Covey has authored numerous other works. He has been named one of Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans and has been awarded eight honorary degrees.


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The great "angst" of life has seemingly gripped us all, and there seems to be no limit to the number of writers offering answers to the great perplexities of life. Covey, however, is the North Star in this field. Following his successful Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (S. & S., 1989), Covey now responds to the particular challenges of business leaders by applying his natural laws, or principles, of life to organizations. Covey explains these laws (security, guidance, wisdom, and power), and discusses how seven-habits practice and focus on these principles will result in personal and organizational transformation. He reminds us that personal and organizational success is hard work, requires unwavering commitment and long-term perspective, and is achievable only if we are prepared for a complete paradigm shift in our perspective. Without hesitation, strongly recommended for all management collections.
- Dale Farris, Groves, Tex.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Sam Walton Chairman, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Covey's philosophy for creating more meaningful relationships and successes in the workplace is one we should be striving to implement throughout business and industry, in the home and elsewhere, if we expect to be rewarded with happiness and a fulfilling future.

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  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (December 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068SVE9E
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership based on virtues, not rules January 2, 2003
Format:Paperback
this follow-up to Covey's enormous and enduring bestseller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he applies the same framework to leadership in organizations. If you have read and remember the first book, you may find little really new in this one, although a slightly different angle on the familiar material may be more rewarding than re-reading the first. Whether or not you agree with or find useful all of Covey's seven habits, the virtue-based approach of this work can deliver the goods more lastingly than rule-based approaches that fail to change your basic method of operating. Drawing on a heritage that goes all the way back to Aristotle, Covey's habit/virtue approach to life and our priorities allows him to show convincingly that business and ethics can comfortably live together. In the midst of the incredible change continually afoot in the Innovation Economy, Covey's message is to find the principle-centered core in ourselves and our organizations. Principle-centered leadership is the natural outcome of applying Covey's original message to those in executive positions of all kinds. What is the downside to this approach? Only that this means no quick fixes. Principles and habits take hard work and may look less attractive than books offering techniques and gimmicks for improved leadership effectiveness. In the end, managers know that this downside is not real, since the quick tricks either don't work or soon fail. Covey's approach can help you find the stable, guiding core amidst the mad tumble of the business world.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Covey is the all time leadership mentor" October 3, 2003
Format:Paperback
This isn't a book you can read through once and understand thoroughly. Coveys writing style is superb, his understanding of human nature is uncanny.
He starts by forming a simile: the art of leadership is like farming. It requires daily vigilance: planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting--in that order. If a farmer owns a cow, he doesn't just milk it when he feels like it. It is a job which needs to be done twice daily, every day. Managing (Leading) a business is exactly the same, at least if you want it to be done correctly. Many managers/leaders feel that it's okay to run a business on auto-pilot. This may be a fatal error.
Covey uses the same 7 Steps as he uses in the same-titled book. He also compares his 7 Step leadership methods with those of the great W. Edwards Deming. Throughout this book the author guides the leader/person to lead by example. To allow those he leads to be self-leaders, and to feel that they are of great importance to the company.
One of the major aims of Covey is to make a Mission Statement. This, he believes, should be done by all members of a company/corporation/family, etc.. He also stresses the age old Confucious saying, "Feed a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
I have a great deal of respect for this man, and truly believe he walks his talk. As I read this book, many of the concepts pertained to situations in my life which I was dealing with at that very time (a little haunting, perhaps inspired?). I highly recommend this book, as well as any other by this great human being and author.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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In this great book by Stephen Covey, we learn Covey's philosophy for creating more meaningful relationships and successes in the workplace. something we should be striving to implement throughout business and industry.
Coveys shows us how to implement these techniques in the home and elsewhere and the result is we will be rewarded with happiness and a fulfilling future.
Prior to reading Principle Centered Leadership, I didn't think it was possible to successfully balance my personal, family and professional life.
Principle Centered Leadership is a great addition to Coveys classic 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 16, 2003
Format:Paperback
I have concluded that the root cause of all the ills of the world is that humans do not live their lives according to the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have others do unto you. The Golden Rule is the common thread of all religions and can therefore be considered the unifying principle for every human on earth. It is probably the one concept that everyone can buy into but also one goal that everyone would admit they could and should do better. For myself I know that if I truly lived the Golden Rule I would feel much more pain at the unacceptable gap between the rich and the poor because as one of the rich I would see myself or my loved ones as one of the starving and would want to do something about it. The fact that I don't do anything about it - or not enough - means that I am just a wimp. Just a lot of hot air. I say one thing but do another. My failure, multiplied six billion times is what has turned this paradise we inherited into the crisis-ridden planet we live on today. It was a strange and wonderful discovery, therefore, that this book has been written to help me - and you should you be so inclined - to come closer to living the Golden Rule through what the author refers to as Principle-Centered Leadership.
A second conclusion is that we need more of the Mother Teresa style of leadership. She spoke very little, rolled up her sleeves and just waded into the slums of the poorest of the poor, while my leadership style has been to keep at a safe distance and say "Hey, someone should do something about this." The big difference between Mother Teresa and me is that she lived the Golden Rule while I just mouth it. Principle-Centered Leadership is the book I was seeking to help me change from a talker to a doer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it.
Principle-Centered Leadership is a seminal work on human and organizational development that should be in the personal library collection of anyone who values meaningful... Read more
Published 3 days ago by ronald r.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extension of the earlier concept.
Published 10 days ago by Marcia Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it.
Well worth it. Great thoughts on leadership from a master leader trainer. We'll miss you, Dr. Covey. Thanks for your insight.
Published 2 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good point and maybe a feasible one
I think this brings up the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People together with Demings 14 Points.. On the off chance that associations were to use this arrangement, they excessively... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trinity Kirchner
2.0 out of 5 stars It is not a reading of the book, so how can it be unabriged
All though the CD has value and it covers the same subject it is not a reading of the book.
Published 3 months ago by David Fagerskog
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello
Book arrived promptly. Thanks for the suggestion to cut the price, but the book is all right the way it is.
Published 3 months ago by Doris J. Van Pelt
3.0 out of 5 stars Required for School
Got this book through Kindle and used it like a regular school book. The pages were easy to read and the quality was great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by infiniti_hb
3.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed but worth reading
My job role is part of a large geographically distributed service organization. The relevance of this book's material is painfully evident. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bert D. Dulong
5.0 out of 5 stars The Principled-Centered message is timeless...
Mr.Covey's book is a must read for future administrators in education. It lays a solid foundation of 8 PrincipleCentered vaules and builds from there. Published in 1990... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Applies his 7 Habits to leadership
Stephen Covey builds on his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and demonstrates how to apply those habits and principles to lead others. Great book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by bhcordova
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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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