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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Author: Stephen R. Covey
Number of Pages: 384 Pages
Publisher: Free Press

This Stephen Covey’s best-selling book is all-in-one self development book, so much that its content is included in management courses in many organizations throughout the world.

It’s so true that your career success should not cost your family and vice versa. We all know this and yet continue making the same mistakes. Stephen talks about how to overcome such issues and live life to the fullest.

In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Poeple, Stephen claims these 7 habits as basic but essential, and they are:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with end in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Habits 1, 2 and 3 moves a person from dependent to interdependent mind-set – an important stage to be so that a person could work well with others to accomplish better results than working as an independent person. To do so, one have to shift from being a dependent person to independent person, because only an independent person can become an interdependent person. It’s the essence of personal character growth, hence classified as Private Victories.

Habit 4, 5 and 6 are about achieving Public Victories which require one to have the first 3 habits and of course become interdependent. Public Victories include teamwork, cooperation and communication.

Habit 7 is about renewal – a regular balance renewal of four basic dimensions of life: Security, Guidance, Wisdom and Power. Having these dimensions are as important as having them balanced.

Stephen also explains how to practice these habits and how important they are in our lives. Stephen re-introduces the concept of Paradigm Shift in here. He shows the importance of shifting our paradigm, as it conditions our perceptions. Paradigm shift is crucial in acquiring these habits.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Poeple covers all aspects of life, including personal development, business and family, which made it simply amazing and complete.

This book is highly recommended to anyone thinking of improving their habits and becoming a better person. In fact, I loved this book so much that I have now ordered First Thing First, also by Stephen Covey. Now I know why over 15 million copies of this book were sold!

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