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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Book suggestion

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. Using insightful anecdotes, Stephen Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.


The 7 habits are summarised as:


Take initiative - be proactive, not reactive

Focus on what you have control over rather than reacting to external stimuli you can’t control.

Focus on goals - begin with the end in mind

Visualize the end result you want in your mind first and steps needed before you engage in an activity


Identify and set priorities - put first things first

Prioritize what is most important in your life and work on those items first.

Introduces the four-square quadrant of urgency and importance


Cultivate a win-win paradigm

Seek win-win solutions and be empathetic.


Communicate - work at understanding first, then work at being understood

Trust is built when people feel understood and this requires listening to understand not to respond.


Practise cooperation - synergise by practising openness

Synergy exists when the contributions of a group add up to more than the individual contributions i.e. The whole is greater than the sum of all its parts


Reflect on and repair your weaknesses - 'sharpen the saw'

Analogy of lumberjack needing to continually sharpen his saw. be aware of what you need to do to sharpen your four key saws: physical health, spiritual health, mental health, and social/emotional health.


If you would like to know a little more about this book watch this animated summary on YouTube:


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Animated Summary






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