The beloved classic has sold more than 40 million copies in 50 plus languages and has spurred profoundly increased levels of personal and organizational effectiveness for readers worldwide. It’s transformed the lives of heads of state, presidents, CEOs, educators, students, parents, and millions of people of all ages and occupations who have accessed its principles, paradigms, and processes in their effort to achieve extraordinary results. With timely and inspiring content needed now more than ever ,The 7 Habits continues to guide and propel generations of readers through change in these uncertain times.
Touted as “one of the bestselling books of all time,” by Fortune, the book was named the “#1 most influential book of the 20 th century” by Chief Executive magazine, and Forbes named it “one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.” Millions have not only read the book, but have been trained in FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits work sessions. The book, commonly used as a reference guide in management and leadership development by people holding every title, in every industry and occupation, has become a hallmark of effective leaders, extraordinary results and winning cultures.
In advising readers to apply the 7 Habits content in their lives, Stephen Covey wrote, “.Start applying what you are learning. Remember, to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know..”
THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE:
Habit 1: Be Proactive.
People are responsible for their own choices and have the freedom to choose based on principles and values rather than on moods or conditions. They are able to develop and use their four unique human gifts-self-awareness, conscience, imagination and independent will-and take an inside-out approach to creating change. They choose not to be victims, to be reactive or to blame others.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind.
Highly effective people shape their own future by creating a mental vision and purpose for their life, their day, and for any project, large or small. They don’t just live day to day but are driven by their mission and purpose.
Habit 3: Put First Things First.
Highly effective people live and make decisions with a clear sense of what is most important. They organize and execute around their most important priorities. They are driven primarily by purpose, not by the agendas and forces surrounding them. They put people ahead of schedules.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win.
Highly effective people think in terms of mutual benefit. It’s not about you, or me; it’s about both of us. They are able to balance “courage” for what they want, with “consideration” for what the other person wants. They think interdependently-“we,” not “me”-and develop win-win agreements. They don’t think selfishly (win-lose) or like a martyr (lose-win).
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.
Highly effective people diagnose before they prescribe. They listen before they talk. They seek first to listen with the intent to understand the thoughts and feelings of others, then seek to effectively communicate their own thoughts and feelings. Through understanding, highly effective people build deep relationships of trust. They understand that the key to influence is to first be influenced.
Habit 6: Synergize.
Highly effective people value differences instead of being threatened by them. They believe that their own strengths combined with the gifts and talents of others can lead to the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. They seek for 3 rd alternatives solutions to that are better than what they or the other party had in mind to begin with. They don’t go for compromise (1 + 1 = 1½) or merely cooperation (1 + 1 = 2) but seek out creative cooperation (1 + 1 = 3 or more).
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw.
Highly effective people increase their effectiveness by renewing themselves regularly in the four areas of life: body (physical), mind (mental), heart (social/emotional), and spirit (spiritual-service, meaning, and contribution). They are never too busy sawing to take time to sharpen their saw.
About Stephen Covey
Recognized as one of TIME magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen Covey was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and author. His books have sold more than 40 million copies in 50 plus languages and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co., a global performance improvement company. Stephen Covey passed away on July 16, 2012. His legacy to the world is Principle-Centered Leadership and his many contributions will live on through the principles he loved, taught and espoused.