Why Stephen Covey?
The reason why I chose to read Steven Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is because this book was recommended to me from my father. He first read the book for his job at RR Donnelley’s when he was a manager. The book was recommended to him from his boss.
My father knowing that I am pursuing a career in a management knew that I could benefit and receive helpful information from this book.
Dr. Covey’s books are known for being inspirational and influential for management. This book helps with personal development and personally I am at a point of my life where I am making a change from student to career professional. I will be able to use the principles and habits learned from the book in everyday life. Stephen Covey’s book is about learning ways for people to grow, make changes and how to become more effective in their lives.
“There are certain fundamental principles that govern in all human interactions, and living in harmony with those principles or natural laws is absolutely essential for quality family life.” - Dr. Covey
Seven Habits, Covey discusses about are not some “words and meaning” you can put in an equation and find the perfect answer for success. This book is nothing like algebra in where you have formulas and you find what “x” equals. You use the habits and the exercises Dr. Covey shows you in the book as a guide. Using the habits and exercises Dr. Covey shows in the book, you can create a powerful plan of action to change yourself and to guide others during change. Dr. Covey emphasizes a return to principles or values in order to achieve change in our lives. You have to understand what you value in life and what your priorities in life are. Once you understand your values and priorities you understand what you need to change to make your life better. The Seven Habits are a guide to help you empower yourself to have control, personal management, be interdependent, and revive yourself.
Before anyone takes the Seven Habits and “runs with them” to try to make a quick change of their lives. They need to understand the “so called basics,” which means you need to look at something more deeply. The world we live in has a lot of different opinions and what is “the right way to do things.” Start the process of change by looking at the world or your life through a microscope, dissect everything in it. Sometimes the perception of the way we look at things with our attitude and our behaviors is what can cause us to not understand things.
A habit is defined as the intersection of knowledge (what to do, why to do), skill (how to), and desire (want to). The definition is what you need to keep in mind while learning each Habit. The Seven Habits move through three stages throughout the process; Dependence, Independence, Interdependence. (Covey, 1989)
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People are;
1. Be proactive
2. Being with the end in mind
3. Put first things first