One of the most successful self-help/motivational books of the last half-century was Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Covey’s 1989 publication had 381 pages of helpful knowledge for business owners, managers, and anyone who wanted to help ensure they had a successful career.
What were these seven habits that readers discovered, or in many cases, rediscovered? Here’s a look back.
Covey urged readers to not just let things happen but to make things happen. It was a call to get in the game and look for ways to contribute and contribute.
Start with the End in Mind
Know your end goal from the very outset. Once you are clear about where you are going, it is easier to get there more directly and efficiently.
First Things First
Many parents have pleaded with their children to do this for years. Actions need to be prioritized and accomplished in a natural progression.
Covey talks about how you can get people pulling in the same direction if they can all get something out of it. Rather than only thinking about your own victory, consider how all stakeholders can win.
Seek to Understand First, Then to Be Understood
That is perhaps the reason we have two ears and one mouth. Listen sincerely and compassionately before making your point. What you hear can help you better make your case.
Synergy is teamwork and working together. It is not just the principle that two heads are better than one, but that two heads working together are better than two heads working individually.
Sharpen the Saw
A sharp ax or saw can make cutting much easier. That’s why it is worth the means to take the time to be prepared for the task ahead.
Covey sold over 40 million copies of his book, which was published in 40 languages. He followed up his work with the publication of “The 8th Habit”. The books still make great reading and are superb books to gift.
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