Book Review: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” By Stephen R. CoveyPosted September 7, 2017
During our road trip, Steve and I listened to numerous audio books. Here is a review of one of them that we discussed and learned from. The audio book was abridged and I’m sure it differs from the 300+ page book that Steve has on his reading list. In summary, the seven habits are:
- Be proactive. Take responsibility.
- Begin with the end in mind. Have a clearly defined purpose and values.
- Put first things first. Live by your purpose. Be proactive.
- Think win / win for everyone. Live with mutual respect and benefit.
- Seek first to understand and then be understood. Find mutual understanding and empathic communication.
- Synergize. Find creative cooperation and fill up your emotional bank account.
- Balanced self-renewal and continual improvement.
Personally, I liked how he prioritized health, followed by family and then work. Since returning to Guelph, I have already applied his principle of identifying what is important and not being side-tracked by what others think is urgent.
What I found even more powerful was the audio on “Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration” by Stephen R. Covey. With real-life examples, I felt the emotional connection to people who have applied these techniques in their lives. Recommended listening material for your next road trip or your daily commute.