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New York Times Bestseller.
Named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century.
“Every so often a book comes along that not only alters the lives of readers but leaves an imprint on the culture itself. The 7 Habits is one of those books.” —Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations across the world. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Stephen Covey’s cherished classic commemorates his timeless wisdom, and encourages us to live a life of great and enduring purpose.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Stephen Covey’s cherished classic commemorates the timeless wisdom of the 7 Habits.
One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.
About the Author: Stephen R. Covey
Recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than twenty-five million copies in thirty-eight languages. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, a global training firm.
“Covey’s masterpiece, if it hasn’t changed the world, has influenced millions of readers who can and will make our planet more peaceful and prosperous and prepared and purposeful.” -- Warren Bennis ― author of On Becoming a Leader and Still Surprised
“Happily, this book has advised and encouraged us for 25 years. Now, I encourage us to be loyal and supportive for another 25 years.” -- Maya Angelou
“The 7 Habits encompasses timeless principles that can help guide any company toward success.” -- Tony Hsieh ― New York times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.
“The 7 Habits has guided many of us on our journey through the world of business. Simple but incredibly effective. A great guide for any aspiring leader!” -- Meg Whitman, CEO of HP
“No person lasts forever, but books and ideas can endure. Stephen R. Covey’s life is done, but his work is not. It continues, right here in this book as alive today as when first written.” -- Jim Collins
“Twenty-five years after it first appeared, the wisdom of The 7 Habits is more relevant than ever. On an individual level, people are burning out, and on a collective level we are burning up the planet. So Dr. Covey’s emphasis on self-renewal and his understanding that leadership and creativity require us to tap into our own physical, mental, and spiritual resources are exactly what we need now.” -- Arianna Huffington
“Fundamentals are the key to success. Stephen Covey is a master of them. Buy his book, but most important, use it!” -- Anthony Robbins ― author of Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within
“As the seminal work of Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has influenced millions around the world to be their best selves at work and at home. It stands the test of time as one of the most important books of our time.” -- Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
“With all the responsibilities and demands of time, travel, work, and families placed upon us in today’s competitive world, it’s a pig plus to have Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to refer to.” -- Marie Osmond ― author of The Key is Love: My Mother’s Wisdom, A Daughter’s Gratitude
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- ASIN : 1451639619
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Anniversary edition (November 19, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781451639612
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451639612
- Lexile measure : 1080
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It took me 2 months to read it and thinking about of what I've read. I would say that as the author had stated he had observed these 7 rules over his life, I can say that I have observed and followed myself 1st and 3rd rule and those rules are true and correct. I also have observed that over the years focusing on "first things first", doing this rule become easier and more effective over the years. I don't know if same applies to others, but my case is as it. I've read about 20 years ago a similar rule #2 and comparing it to this book I keep following the rule as: if you don't know which decision/choice to make, imagine you're dead tomorrow so your choice will not affect your self-ego.
The habit #4 although I see benefit of win/win scenarios and a good observation from the authtor is to add a "or no-deal" clause, but in the actual life the win/win not always applicable. Plus, the author has staten that he has never was working in any businesses, he had been a teacher. So, to keep telling others of what to do is different of actully doing it. To that point, in the end of the book in his interview after 25years of first publication on a question of how these habits/principles are working for him his response was he was struggling with any and all. And on the question how those principles applies to his business his answer was that he didn't manage to apply them to his business successfully. I think no further comments are needed.
Another matter in the "after 25-years" interview the author on a question of why there are 7 habits he answered because of it is in nature and so forth. But, afterwards he came up with the 8-th habit and wrote another book on it. On the habits diagram circle he had stoke it aside to the other side like a pimple :-) So is it the 7 magic habits or is the author after having a success and recognition with the first book had decided to just keep writing?
Author says in the book he was having their family mission statement written and hung on a wall and having a regular family meetings on the mission statements. As nothing "could" be wrong of having family meetings on the mission statements but having their mission statement hung on the wall isn't it a red flag?
The book starts off from 30 pages of praises of different businessmen, executives and etc. which I don't know if all 30 pages of those praises are needed? Also a foreword from his children and followed the book of his interviews, auto-biography and etc. which are another 50 pages. I've never read another book good or bad, excellent or so-so which contains another 80 pages of junk. 3-5 pages usually, but not 80.
In the beginning of the book on the habbit #1 he made a sample of a light-house and a cruiser and the argument b/w the light-house sailor and the captain of the US cruiser. Following the story the light-house was stationary and the cruiser had the same angle toward the lighthouse with a danger of a collision. So the matter is the angle to a stationary object will be the same only if the ship going directly to that object. So...., if you was not in Navy or served on a ship you won't catch that. But, one of the book praisers' was a US admiral praising the book laudly... Was he ever on a ship?
Another sample is when the author tried to apply the habit #4 (win/win) to one of his sons who was 7 at a time making him to be in charge of mowing grass. The son agreed to everything then nothing happen. He didn't do anything and when cornered said that he needed help. The definition of help is like when he tried, it didn't work, and he needed help. The key in that story is the kid even had never tried. So it was more to the dad tried to hang a duty to a son and a son in return agreed to everything to get his dad off his back and then found and excuse of not doing anything, lol.
A sad part was the author was saying 2 of US presidents had asked him to consult them on the matter of these habits/principles. By the timing of the interview you can determine the names of those presidents. It's sad you listen to all of the impressive speeches of the election campaigns, the debates, and etc. And then, those 2 people didn't know of what to do. So they turned to charlatans...
HABIT 1: BE PROACTIVE. Effective people subordinate the stimuli or impulses experienced in life to values. Proactivity is when man uses his freedom to choose value driven responses to stimuli and works to achieve goals which are consistent with his values. Proactivity relies on man’s endowment of self-awareness. This endowment of man allows him to consider and understand what he is experiencing as an objective observer. The self-aware proactive individual comes to know his patterns of behavior, tendencies, and habits (whether good or bad) and work to align all of them with his values.
HABIT 2: BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND. In order to be proactive, man must know what it is that he values. If he is going to begin subordinating impulses to values, exactly what values will those be? Discovering those values makes use of the human endowments of conscience, imagination, and self-awareness. Conscience puts man in touch with his principles and values and imagination forms an image of the implications of those principles and values for the life of an individual. Ultimately, this habit seeks to formulate/discover a purpose or mission for one’s life that is inspired and informed by true principles and values.
HABIT 3: PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST. With the inspiring vision of one’s purpose gained from Habit 2, the effect person uses the human endowment of independent will to begin proactively organizing their life around this mission. This organization focuses on roles (derived from one’s purpose) and desired goals. Furthermore, the effective person transitions their focus from time and methods as criteria for self-management to relationships and results. Habit 3 is greatly aided by an external organizer which organizes a week at a time (rather than daily or monthly), places an emphasis on people over things, and is open to spontaneity. The “measuring stick” with which to value an activity is its importance and urgency. Effective people focus particularly on important things which are not urgent such as caring for their body, recollecting themselves in their values, developing their mind, and emotionally grounding themselves and their relationships in proper values.
HABIT 4: THINK WIN/WIN. Built on the foundation of their own character, effective people are able to cooperate with other people towards recognizing and achieving mutually beneficial goals. The character strengths which particularly contribute towards recognizing and working towards these mutual goals are integrity/trustworthiness (commitment to true values), maturity (the courage to express oneself and consideration to listen), and an abundance mentality (mutual benefit leaves everyone better off). The effective person realizes that failing to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes can leave hurt feelings, damaged relationships, and resentment. Therefore, they always seek to achieve Win/Win or at least compromise in interdependent situations.
HABIT 5: SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD. Borne out of a genuine desire to understand, effective people practice the skills of empathic listening. An empathic listener can understand not only the intellectual content of another person’s communication, but also the emotional content. In the process of communicating, they seek to understand using their ears (words), eyes (body language), and heart (feelings) while “rephrasing the content and reflecting the feeling” to the other person. Empathic listening is a critical skill for the effective person since it gives them a better grasp of the situation and accurate data to work with in seeking Win/Win solutions. Only after having first understood, the effective person can then present their ideas in a context in which the other person can easily grasp what they are communicating.
HABIT 6: SYNERGIZE. Grounded in the independence and intrinsic security gained from Habits 1, 2, and 3 the effective person actively seeks out alternative perspectives and possibilities presented by other people in seeking Win/Win outcomes. Effective people are aware of their own perceptual limitations and lack of information. Therefore, they are open and welcoming towards the emotional, mental, and psychological differences of others rather than threatened by them. Synergy between people (especially effective people) culminates into something greater than the sum of its parts. Two people working together can achieve something neither could have achieved on their own.
HABIT 7: SHARPEN THE SAW. Effective people maximize results through cultivating and renewing the things which achieve those results. The most fundamental thing an effective person has to achieve results is their own self. Therefore, under the guidance of conscience, the effective person seeks to renew themselves physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially/emotionally. Physical renewal is care for the body through exercise and nutrition and heavily relies upon the proactivity of Habit 1. Spiritual renewal is recollecting oneself in the center or core of one’s life and deeply informs the mission/purpose discovered in Habit 2. Mental renewal is the continued development of the mind through growing self-awareness, reading, writing, and organizing one’s life. It is closely related to Habit 3. Social/emotional renewal recognizes that interpersonal effectiveness (Habits 4, 5, and 6) relies primarily upon emotional strength, not intellectual ability. Therefore, an effective person renews themselves socially/emotionally by developing a sense of intrinsic security founded upon a life of integrity, healthy relationships, and service to others. Finally, an effective person realizes the balance and synergy between the the four human dimensions and the 7 Habits. None can be neglected without undermining the others; growth or renewal in any area cultivates the rest.
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