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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Paperback – November 9, 2004
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Ken M. Radziwanowski AT&T School of Business Picture someone going through the best experience they've ever had in terms of training -- that's what they say. People credit the 7 Habits with changing their lives, with getting back on track personally and professionally.
- Publisher : Free Press; Revised edition (November 9, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743269519
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743269513
- Item Weight : 13.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.44 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I encourage anyone who has any desire at all for self-improvement to read this book with an open mind. Read it slowly, digest it along the way, and then after a few years, go back and read it again. The wisdom Stephen Covey left the world in this book is definitely a treasure.
For instance, for Fairfield's first strategic goal of integrating learning across the core, Covey's habit of synergizing suggests ways to seek commonalities across seemingly disconnected issues, problems and people. Likewise for the second goal of integrating living and learning, the "Be Proactive" habit helps students see what they can control in their lives, and what they can't. My undergrads are often shocked to realize, for example, that they choose to be in class and can control whether they go or not. Likewise, "Seek first to understand" teaches concrete ways to deal with every kind of conflict--whether between warring roommates, battling opinions in class, or competing theories in readings. Time comes, I could also share all my short Pass/Fail writing assignments I give using the habits.
Mind you, Covey is limited as is any text. As Dr. Paul Farmer, the activist at the core of the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, suggested, we in consumer culture need to get beyond personal "effectiveness" to responsible citizenship--something Covey himself hints at, although his ideas can be abused by the most self-interested. I'd grade it an A-.
So what are the ideas? The meat to this book are the seven habits:
1. Be Proactive - be responsible for your actions
2. Begin with the End in Mind - spend time visualizing who you want to be, how you want to be remembered. This was probably the best part.
3. Put First Things First - prioritize relentlessly, distinguish between `important' and `urgent'
4. Think Win/Win - think of positive outcomes for others as well as for yourself
5. Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood - listen actively and empathically to others
6. Synergise - look for things you can achieve with others you may not have thought of doing alone
7. Sharpen the Saw - seek a healthy balance in life between exercise, study, service and prayer, and grow yourself continuously
The first three habits are grouped together as leading to `Private Victory' - personal independence, the second three habits are grouped together as `Public Victory' - interdepenece with others. They are also portrayed as building upon each other in sequence. The book is subtitled `Restoring the Character Ethic' and does not claim to offer any quick fix.
So what don't I like? For a book that claims to be the result of substantial research, and which mentions the importance of self-education and reading quality literature, there is a remarkable lack of references, of any bibliography. Biographies of Franklin, Jefferson, Frankl and Sadat are mentioned, and Fromm is quoted, but in 300 pages of text only three books are actually cited. I found the work insular, setting up and breaking down straw man arguments, and in general not especially deep or sophisticated. The introduction first belabors `paradigm shifts' - a fashionable 80's phrase that dates the book - and that our perceptions shape our reality, then the `golden goose' metaphor is beaten to death - surely there must be more ways to illustrate balance between short term results and long term investment. The diagrams are lame. Overall, apart from the discussion of personal mission statements, I was glad to reach the end of the book, rather than excited or inspired to further action, which was a shame because the framework outlined here is basically sound, and a step up from the moral neutrality of NLP.
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As it says in the title the book clearly states the top 7 things that successful people consistently do. It's very well written and therefore easy to read. The 7 habits are clearly explained with nice examples so that you can go away and start doing them.
The power of the book is in its simplicity, just follow the advise and you can make you business and personal life more fulfilling and rewarding - highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 21, 2021