Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Book Review: "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

In line with our January social media focus this month of "Resolutions: How to Set Them and Keep Them", we will be reviewing “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. This book review is written by our Program Director and Counselor, Ross Hickman. He works out of our Birmingham office, and if you would like to read more about him, click here.

Every year, new ideas emerge on how to live, how to be successful, and how to stay positive and overcome adversity. In fact, according to Wikipedia, over 1,100 self-help books were written in 2007 alone. Stephen Covey’s original  7 Habits of Highly Effective People book was released in 1989, and he has gone on to write several variations targeting very specific populations, but all using his original 7 habits.

Covey’s approach is simple and straightforward: He sees principles as external and absolute, and values as internal and subjective. In his “Effective Family” version, Covey mirrors his original by patiently spelling out each habit in detail, providing stories and examples to give tangibility to his ideas and overall direction.

Each habit builds on the previous habit, forming a system and process that is easy to follow. 100% behavioral and communication laden, his habits are laced with “uncommon sense,” which we all know should be apparent to us in most situations. Covey does a good job in admitting mistakes in his own choices and care of his family, and embraces strategies learned from real effort and failure.

Although the book is not a quick read, Covey does sum up each habit rather succinctly at the beginning of each respective chapter, so those that would rather skim than read will get some useful information, albeit a very small percentage overall of what the book conveys. 

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