The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Some time ago when attending a congress, I was confronted again with one of Covey's models. My holiday was  a good moment to read Coveys bestselling book.

Dr. Stephen R. Covey is an organization advisor in Provo, Utah and the director of FranklinCovey. The 7 habits of Highly Effective People is Covey's bestselling book (15 million copies sold worldwide).

The book leads the reader to a better way of working and living in seven steps (habits). These seven habits are:  

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with the End In Mind
  • Put First Things First
  • Think Win/Win
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the saw

Each of these habits are of course well known and nothing new. Still, Covey's book is very inspiring and certainly worth reading (while on some points somewhat religious, as Mr. Covey is a very religious man). The seven habits are described extensively and Covey points out why it is important to develop your own 7 habits further.

The book contains many figures and models (like the famous circle of influence).  The power of the book is in the excellent examples and the way it inspires you to take action on the seven habits described.

Highly recommended.

This entry was posted on Friday 15 August 2008

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