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Book Review - The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

" Most people do not listen with the intent to understand: they listen with intent to reply " - Steven Covey

When Stephen Covey first published The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the book became an instant craze because people suddenly realized that their lives were heading in the wrong direction; moreover, they realized that there were so many simple things they could have done to correct their course. This book is a good education on how to live life efficiently. Stephen talks about the shortcoming in his book, So, where is the shortcoming, that we lack and how can it be overcome?


Here comes the 7 Habits in the picture -

1st Habit - Be Proactive.

The way we react to a situation has a direct impact on the result. We have a choice: we can either sit back and allow things to happen to us, or we can adopt a proactive stance to direct the course of events. We have the option of stepping outside of our comfort zone and responding in a way that benefits us individually or our business. One should be a cause rather than a byproduct.


2nd Habit - Begin with the End in Mind.

Dr. Covey refers to this as a self-leadership habit. Keeping the vision and goals in mind will prevent you from deviating from the path. Keeping the final objective in mind will boost your productivity as you work your way to achievement.



3rd Habit - Prioritize Things

Dr. Covey's third habit is personal management. It is a continuation of Habit 2, which he refers to as mental creativity. To achieve the final goals, we must be organized and concentrated in order to make the physical product.



4th Habit - Think about a win-win situation.

We must collaborate with others. Dr. Covey refers to this as an interpersonal leadership habit; it is extremely difficult to accomplish success without the help of others. He thinks that if we remember that there is plenty for everyone and give a win-win scenario to people we wish to engage, success will come naturally.


5th Habit - Seek to Understand First, and Then to Be Understood.

Communication is essential. According to Dr. Covey, we should contribute to others first. Before we can expect others to contribute to us, we must first work to build and sustain healthy connections in both our professional and personal lives.


6th Habit - Synergize

This habit is all about fostering creative collaboration — we should strive to recognize and appreciate the contributions that others make to a project or relationship. According to Dr. Stephen, the whole is larger than the sum of its parts.


7th Habit - Sharpen the SAW.

Dr. Covey refers to this as the habit of self-renewal. If you get this habit correct, it will support all of your other behaviours. We will restrict our progress, lose effectiveness, and eventually burn out if we do not take care of ourselves and recharge.


Covey's book, or rather, his model, was a complete model in and of itself. There was nothing wrong with it. If you put it into action, it should affect every element of your life. The only thing you have to do is grasp these values and strive to put them into practise in your life.



About the Author

Author of the book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"
Dr. Stephen Richard Covey

Stephen Richards Covey was the best-selling author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." Among his other works are "First Things First," "Principle-Centered Leadership," and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families." Covey published "The 8th Habit" in 2004. Covey published "The Leader In Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time" in 2008. He was also a professor at Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Covey died on July 16, 2012, at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, because of complications from a bicycling accident he had in April of the previous year.



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