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The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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This book contains the crystallized wisdom of one of the great teachers of our time, Dr. Stephen R. Covey.
As a young man, Dr. Covey was expected to to work in his family hotel business, but that wasn’t the path for him. He wanted to make a different contribution—to be a teacher, to dedicate his life to unleashing human potential. “Every human being is precious,” he wrote, “endowed with enormous, almost infinite potential and capacity.”
To that end he studied at Harvard graduate school, became a university professor, and then widened his circle of influence as a consultant to business and government leaders. With the 1989 publication of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, considered by many the most influential book of our time, Dr. Covey had—and continues to have—worldwide impact. This book and his others can be found in home and office libraries literally around the globe.
Not only his teaching but his life reminds us of the power of enduring principles. He was not interested in riding fads or pandering for publicity. His passion was to articulate and teach the unchanging, immutable, and ageless truths of life—truths that apply equally well to professional success and to deep personal satisfaction. He also lived by those truths, as countless friends, family members, and students of Dr. Covey will attest.
Arranged under the decisive principles of life—such as integrity, life balance, vision, and love—the stories and quotations in this book teach those principles in accessible, gemlike form.
Although Dr. Covey has passed from us, we will always have the benefit of his timeless teachings—that truth is truth and is self-evident, that you can’t live without principle and expect the universe to accommodate you, and that your life is a precious one that you can waste in mediocrity or invest in greatness.
—The Covey Family
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I would recommend all of S. Covey's books, I would not recommend this one to anyone.
For those who have previously read any of Dr. Covey's work you will find yourself immediately reminded of the core principles and insights that his works teach. I found myself recognizing a number of the quotes from my readings of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and others. There are a lot of his works that I haven't read and I found quotes and stories from those books ringing just as true and poignant as those I already knew.
For those who haven't read any of Dr. Covey's books or aren't familiar with his work you will likely find familiar advice resonating with you. In some cases this may be due to the fact that many of his principles and teachings have engrained themselves into society. In other cases the seeming familiarity will come because of the simple truthfulness and straightforward nature of the teachings. Sometimes the best advice is the advice that you already knew but didn't realize you knew or didn't know how to articulate.
This book is a wonderful wealth of great teachings and inspiring motivation and thoughts. It would be impossible to boil down all of the great lessons, stories and thoughts from Dr. Covey into a single book but this book comes pretty close and is a great resource for wonderful advice and inspiring thoughts to help make your life better in many ways. This would certainly be a great introduction to Stephen R. Covey for those who don't know his material already and for those who do, this book is a quick batch of well organized notes and snippets of some of his most poignant teachings.
4 out of 5 stars
One thing I'm not comfortable about, however, is the alphabetical arrangement of concepts. I know it makes the book easier to read. The alphabetical sorting makes me feel there's reading bias in favor of the concepts that start with an A. Perhaps, there could've been a sorting based on importance. Just a tiny pet peeve.
Overall, I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good stuff! Abbreviated for little morsels at a time. Not meant for long reading.Published 18 months ago by Bill Jones
Have always enjoyed Sephen R. Covey's writing. This is a great rememberance of him.Published on July 14, 2014 by Fay
This is a very concise version of Stephen Covey teachings. Very good reminder of his ideas. I recommend to all those who seek self discipline tipsPublished on June 20, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I ordered this book for my husband. I do not believe he has read it yet. However, Covey's books are always good!Published on March 30, 2013 by Anna B. Birky
Having read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, I was disappointed to see little more than a collection of excerpts.Published on January 22, 2013 by HerbB