Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People; Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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  • Copyright: 9/15/1990
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In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Author Biography

Stephen R. Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, founder of the former Covey Leadership Center, and cochairman of Franklin Covey Co. He has made teaching Principle-Centered Living and Principle-Centered Leadership his life's work. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a doctorate from Brigham Young University, where he was a professor of organizational behavior and business management and also served as director of university relations and assistant to the president. For more than thirty years he has taught millions of individuals, families, and leaders in business, education, and government the transforming power of principles or natural laws that govern human and organizational effectiveness.

Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has been at the top of the bestseller lists for over seven years and tied as the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century in a survey of Chief Executive Magazine's readers. More than ten million copies have been sold in twenty-eight languages and seventy countries. His books Principle-Centered Leadership and First Things First are two of the bestselling business books of the decade.

Dr. Covey and other Franklin Covey authors, speakers, and spokespersons, all authorities on leadership and effectiveness, are consistently sought by radio and television stations, magazines, and newspapers throughout the world.

Among recent acknowledgments, Dr. Covey has received the Thomas More College Medallion for continuing service to humanity, the Toastmasters' International Top Speaker Award, Inc. magazine's National Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and several honorary doctorates. He has also been recognized as one of Time magazine's twenty-five most influential Americans.

Stephen, his wife, Sandra, and their family live in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.

Table of Contents


The Seven Habits -- An Overview


Habit 1 Be Proactive
Principles of Personal Vision
Habit 2 Begin with the End in Mind
Principles of Personal Leadership
Habit 3 Put First Things First
Principles of Personal Management


Paradigms of Interdependence

Habit 4 Think Win/Win
Principles of Interpersonal Leadership
Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Principles of Empathic Communication
Habit 6 Synergize
Principles of Creative Cooperation

Part Four: RENEWAL

Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw
Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal

Inside-Out Again

Appendix A: Possible Perceptions Flowing out of Various Centers

Appendix B: A Quadrant II Day at the Office

Problem/Opportunity Index


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