The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey is one of the most respected motivator’s in business today. In this, audio book the author Stephen R. Covey teaches a set of principles involving a new and fresh look at our current perceptions and interpretations of how things work in this world.

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Using a step-by-step methodology, he teaches how to be proactive by taking the initiative and responsibility to make things happen in both our business and personal lives. By using proven principles that help us to adapt to change and take advantage of the opportunities that those changes present. In 1989, Stephen R. Covey published the original version of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Despite the title, which has been the butt of countless jokes, the book has been one of the fundamental works used in teaching business practices. My first exposure to it was during my first time working with a direct sales company. They spoke highly of his work, not just to build a stronger business, but also as a series of tools to help with personal goals.

The book talks about seven principles. If these habits are formed, Covey says, one will develop timeless ethics and optimal personal effectiveness. The first principle is to be proactive. By assuming personal responsibility for your life, you support the ability to choose what direction your actions will take. You, as a human, have the ability to objectively see your behavior and change, if you believe it necessary or proper.

The second principle is to begin with the end in mind. As I’m sure everyone has heard countless times, it is impossible to meet without having a goal. He encourages visualization as a means by which this is developed. Third, Covey teaches to put first things first. Prioritizing is critical, as much time is wasted on what seems important when but retrospective was just a momentary distraction.

He recommends learning to delegate when appropriate, as this helps with proper time management. Think Win/Win is the fourth principle. This is a chapter where Covey teaches that working to find mutually beneficial solutions for all parties is the best approach. The fifth principle is to seek first to understand and then to be understood. Always, always take the time to use active listening skills to hear what the other people are saying before offering suggestions.

Synergize, one of my favorite words, is the sixth principle. Strictly speaking, synergism is when you get a total that is greater than the sum of the parts. In this case, Covey is referring to how a team can carry out more than a group of people. He offers suggestions on how to best take advantage of this habit. Lastly, the seventh principle is to sharpen the saw.

Stephen Covey believes that taking the time for personal renewal is required to let you accomplish your other, more external, goals. To be totally honest, many of these principles were familiar to me when I read this book the first time. However, 7 Habits for Highly Effective People consolidates the key points and explains in such a way that it is easy to understand. This book is a must read for anyone with dreams.

The Narration

Covey’s talent for speaking is obvious during this reading

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