The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Written By: Stephen Covey
Read By: Stephen Covey
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Publisher’s Summary: 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.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Stephen Covey
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most impressive books on self-help, goals, self control and leadership written at the end of the 20th century, the product of much research and philosophy.
Its author, Stephen Covey, shows us with amazing clarity the steps to achieve dreams and success in life. In essence, the book lists thirty-two principles of action, which, once established as habits, will help the reader to achieve a high level of effectiveness in the relevant aspects of their life.
Covey argues that such habits are based on ethical principles, which unlike values are timeless and universal. No matter how many people you supervise, there is only one person you can change: yourself.
The best investment you can make, then, is to improve yourself by developing the habits that will make you better person and better manager. If you want to change any situation, you have to behave differently. But to change his behavior, he must first change his paradigms – his way of interpreting the world.
The 7 Habits present a new way to change these paradigms, by establishing new habits that will allow you to escape from inertia and move towards your goals. The first three habits deal with self-mastery. That is to say, they are oriented to achieve the growth of the personality to obtain the independence.
The following three habits deal with relationships with others with teamwork, cooperation, and communications; Are aimed at achieving interdependence. Finally, habit seven, refers to continuous renewal that will lead you to better understand the remaining habits.
The seven habits are:
Be proactive:Freedom to choose our response to the stimuli of the measured environment.This involves behaving according to your conscious decision, based on your values.
Begin with an end in mind:It makes our life have reason to be, the vision allows our actions are directed to the truly significant in our life.
First thing’s first:It allows us to rid ourselves of the tyranny of the urgent to devote time to the truly important that allows us to carry out the vision of the previous habit.
Think about win win.It balances the consideration with the others, it lays the bases for the coexistence with the human beings.
Seek to understand first and then to be understood:Respect for others is the key to affective human relationships and makes it possible to reach win – win type agreements.
Sigernize:It is the result of cultivating the ability and attitude to value diversity of ideas, teamwork and innovation.
Sharpen the saw:Renew ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually to be effective in the different roles of our lives.The effectiveness, as mentioned above, is achieved when the balance between production and production capacity can be maintained.