The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey
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More than 10 million copies sold! The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey presents an approach to being effective in reaching goals by aligning yourself to what he calls “true north” principles of a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless. In August 2011 Time listed this as one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books”. Main takeaways include the importance of having a clearly defined end goal in mind, trying to find win-win mutual benefits in any kind of negotiation, and to continuously strive to improve your skills – but it doesn’t stop there!

The book first presents the concepts of paradigm shifts and how different people can see the same situation in totally different ways, and based on a set of paradigms or viewpoints which seems to be common for effective people, the 7 habits are introduced.

Covey also talks about improvement as an upward spiral, where you can incrementally improve in the mentioned 7 areas (or any other area) by gradually learning more and improving your behavior which will create an effect of positive momentum where all the different aspects contribute to the upward spiral. In total, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provides high-impact epiphanies both for business/professional and private life!