The Seven Habits of Highly Effecitive People Book Review

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People By: Covey, Stephen R. The Seven Habits – An Overview The Seven Habits is a principle-centered paradigm which helps a person to obtain personal and interpersonal effectiveness. Covey describes seven habits and gives techniques for applying the seven habits. Covey says that we all have our own paradigm, which is essentially how we perceive things. Covey writes, “The way we see things is the source of the way we think and the way we act. Covey makes it clear that one must make a "paradigm shift" which causes us to perceive things differently. Covey says that although most people want to be effective, they are unwilling to examine the way they view things. Our paradigms will affect the way we interact with others. A person’s character ethic is a primary traits and those of personality ethic are secondary. Our character is a compilation of all our habits. Habits include knowledge, skill and desire. Knowledge allows us to know what to do, skill gives us the ability to carry it out and desire is the motivation to do it. The Seven Habits guides us through the following stages: • Dependence: we are born relying on others to take care of us. • Independence: the paradigm by which we can make our own decisions. • Interdependence: the paradigm under which we learn how to be more effective by working with others. The first three habits deal with self-mastery. They move an individual from dependency on others to independence. Habits 4, 5, and 6 deal with teamwork, cooperation, and communication. These habits deal with moving a person to interdependence. Interdependence simply means mutual dependence. The final habit, habit 7, focuses upon self renewal and continuing self improvement. The Seven Habits – Main Habit 1: Be Proactive Being proactive is about self

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