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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Anniversary edition (November 19, 2013)
- Language: English
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you'll need to accomplish what Covey calls a "paradigm shift"--a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your "proactive muscles" (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more. This isn't a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you'll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you'll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you'll feel like you've taken a powerful seminar by Covey. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Dun's Business Month" When Stephen Covey talks, executives listen.
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There is a lot of practical stuff in here, too. Challenges for you. Ways you can start to shift your thinking by taking an emotional inventory of your life and what you're doing/feeling every day. Just writing about it makes me want to go back and read it again. If you're here looking for a book that will help you harness that little spark inside of you that's saying, "You can be better" then this book is it. You're not an animal. Life doesn't condition you like a dog. This book is about the untouchable part of your human spirit that no one besides you controls. This book is about carrying sunny weather with you where ever you go, learning how much a proactive attitude benefits you, and really how sad and wasteful it is to walk through life allowing things to ruin your day. Things don't ruin your day. YOU ruin your day. You are always in control.
Seriously, read this book. You won't regret it.
1 - "Be proactive" - which is described as, human beings are responsible for our own lives and our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions (Covey, 1989).
2 - "Begin with the end in mind" - This is based on the principle that all things are created twice...there is a mental creation first and then a physical creation to all things (Covey, 1989).
3 - "Put first things first" - Which means to manage your life effectively - from a center of sound principles, morals, and knowledge of your personal missions.
4 - "Think win/win" - This habit focuses on seeing things from a mature and 3rd person perspective. Learn to see problems from other points of view and see how to solve them in the most effective manner.
5 - "Seek first to understand, then to be understood" - This habit focuses on how to be an effective listener and use empathy while communicating with others.
6 - "Synergize" - This habit is, "effectiveness in an interdependent reality - it is teamwork, teambuilding, the development of unity and creativity with other human beings" (Covey, 1989).
7 - "Sharpen the saw" - This habit is "preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have - you...It is renewing the four dimensions of your nature - physical, spiritual, mental, and social/emotional" (Covey, 1989).