The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People This paper reviews Stephen R. Covey’s # 1 national bestseller book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” I decided to read the book because, although I see myself as a very effective person, I wanted to learn more about the subject and see what I was missing out that I could improve. I am very pleased about my choice as I found the tools that I needed to reinforce some of the things that I was unconsciously doing. As the author says, this book should not be read just once like other books and put on a shelf; it is rather a companion book to have handy for continual learning process of change and growth. My main takeaway from the book is that we cannot succeed without principles because that’s what guides our lives. The book is subdivided in 4 parts: Part one describes paradigms, the way we perceive, understand, and interpret the world, and principles, natural laws that are woven into the fabric of every civilized society throughout history and comprise the roots of every family and institution that has endured and prospered (Covey, 1989, P. 33 Para 14). Part two is about private victories brought about by habits 1, 2, and 3, and that move a person from dependence to independence. Part three talks about the public victories of teamwork, cooperation, and communication that follow the private ones and found in habits 4, 5, and 6. Finally, part four is the renewal of habit 7 that embodies all the other habits. Part One: Paradigms and Principles Steven R. Covey became interested in how perceptions are formed and behave while working on a bimonthly program for IBM's Executive Development Program because the subject directly related to a personal situation he and his wife were going through: one of their son was having a difficult time in school and they came to realize that what they were doing to help him, attempting to

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