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Unformatted text preview: Praise for The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey "Stephen Covey has written a remarkable book about the human condition, so elegantly written, so understanding of our embedded concerns, so useful for our organizational and personal lives, that it's going to be my gift to everyone I know." - WARREN BENNIS, author of On Becoming a Leader "I've never known any teacher or mentor on improving personal effectiveness to generate such an overwhelmingly positive reaction ....This book captures beautifully Stephen's philosophy of principles. I think anyone reading it will quickly understand the enormous reaction I and others have had to Dr. Covey's teachings." - JOHN PEPPER, President, Procter & Gamble "Stephen Covey is an American Socrates, opening your mind to the 'permanent things'-values, family, relationships, communicating." - BRIAN TRACY,author of Psychology of Achievement "Stephen R. Covey's book teaches with power, conviction, and feeling. Both the content and the methodology of these principles form a solid foundation for effective communication. As an educator, I find this book to be a significant addition to my library." - WILLIAM ROLFE KERR, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education "Few students of management and organization-and people-have thought as long and hard about first principles as Stephen Covey. In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he offers us an opportunity, not a how-to guide. The opportunity is to explore ourselves and our impact on others and to do so by taking advantage of his profound insights. It is a wonderful book that could change your life." - TOM PETERS,author of In Search of Excellence "The ethical basis for human relations in this book defines a way of life, not just a methodology for succeeding at business. That it works is apparent." - BRUCE L. CHRISTENSEN, President, Public Broadcasting Service "At a time when American organizations desperately need to energize people and produce leaders at all levels, Covey provides an empowering philosophy for life that is also the best guarantee of success in business ... a perfect blend of wisdom, compassion, and practical experience." - ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, editor of the Harvard Business Review and author of When Giants Learn to Dance "I have learned so much from Stephen Covey over the years that every time I sit down to write, I'in worried about subconscious plagiarism! Seven Habits is not pop psychology or trendy self-help. It is solid wisdom and sound principles." - RICHARD M. EYRE, author of Life Balance and Teaching Children Values "We would do well to make the reading and use of this book a requirement for anyone at any level of public service. It would be far more effective than any legislation regarding ethical conduct." - SENATOR JAKE GARN, first senator in space "When Stephen Covey talks, executives listen." - Dun's Business Month "Stephen Covey's inspirational book will undoubtedly be the psychology handbook of the '90s. The principles discussed are universal and can be applied to every aspect of life. These principles, however, are like an opera. They cannot simply be performed, they must be rehearsed!" - ARIEL BYBEE, mezzo-soprano, Metropolitan Opera "I found this book stimulating and thought-provoking, Infact, I keep referring to it." - RICHARD M. DEVOS, President, Amway "Winning is a habit. So is losing. Twenty-five years of experience, thought, and research have convinced Covey that seven habits distinguish the happy, healthy, successful from those who fail or who must sacrifice meaning and happiness for success in the narrow sense." - RON ZEMKE, coauthor of The Service Edge and Service America "Stephen R. Covey is a marvelous human being. He writes insightfully and he cares about people. The equivalent of an entire library of success literature is found in this one volume. The principles he teaches in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People have made a real difference in my life." - KEN BLANCHARD, Ph.D., author of The One-Minute Manager "The Seven Habits are keys to success for people in all walks of life. It is very thought-provoking." - EDWARD A. BRENNAN, Chairman, Presidentand CEO, Sears, Roebuck and Company "Covey validates the durable truths as they apply to family, business, and society in general, sparing us the psycho-babble that pollutes so much of current literature on human relations. His book is not a photograph, but a process, and should be treated as such. He is neither an optimist nor a pessimist, but a possibilist, who believes that we and we alone can open the door to change within ourselves. There are many more than seven good reasons to read this book." - STEVE LABUNSKI, Executive Director, International Radio & Television Society "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the bestselling books of all time." - Fortune Magazine "I know of no one who has contributed more to helping leaders in our society than Stephen R. Covey ....There is no literate person in our society who would not benefit by reading this book and applying its principles." - SENATOR ORRIN G. HATCH "One of the greatest habits you can develop is to learn and internalize the wisdom of Stephen Covey. He lives what he says and this book can help you live, permanently, in the 'Winner's Circle.'" - DR. DENIS WAITLEY author of The Psychology of Winning "It's powerful reading. His principles of vision, leadership, and human relations make it a practical teaching tool for business leaders today. I highly recommend it." - NOLAN ARCHIBALD, President and CEO, Black & Decker "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People suggests a discipline for our personal dealings with people which would be undoubtedly valuable if people stopped to think about it." - JAMES C. FLETCHER, Director, NASA "A wonderful contribution. Dr. Covey has synthesized the habits of our highest achievers and presented them in a powerful, easy to use program. We now have a blueprint for opening the American mind." - CHARLES GARFIELD, author of Peak Performers "Seven Habits is an exceptional book. It does a better job of inspiring a person to integrate the different responsibilities, family, and professional-than any other book I have read." - PAUL H. THOMPSON, Dean, Marriott School of Management, BYU,and author of Novations "Covey is hot and getting hotter." - Business Week "Goodbye, Dale Carnegie. Stephen Covey has had a profound influence on my life. His principles are powerful. They work. Buy this book. Read it, and as you live the principles your life will be enriched." - ROBERT C. ALLEN author of Creating Wealth and Nothing Down "In the '90s, America needs to unlock the door to increased productivity both on a business and personal basis. The best way to accomplish this goal is through enhancing the human resource. Dr. Covey's Seven Habits provides the guidelines for this to happen. These principles make great sense and are right on target for the times." - F. G. "BUCK" RODGERS, author of The IBM Way "This book is filled with practical wisdom for people who want to take control of their lives, their businesses and their careers. Each time I read a section again I get new insights, which suggests the messages are fundamental and deep." - GIFFORD PINCHOT Ill, author of Intrapreneuring "Most of my learning has come from modeling after other people and what they do. Steve's book helps energize this modeling process through highly effective research and examples." - FRAN TARKENTON, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback "Not only does the 'character ethic' win hands down every time over the 'personality ethic' in the battle of effectiveness, it also will bring greater fulfillment and joy to individuals seeking meaning in their personal and professional lives." - LARRY WILSON, author of Changing the Game: The New Way to Sell "Fundamentals are the key to success. Stephen Covey is a master of them. Buy his book, but most importantly, use it!" - ANTHONY ROBBINS, author of Unlimited Power "Covey is the hottest self-improvement consultant to hit U.S. business since Dale Carnegie." - USA Today "This book contains the kind of penetrating truth about human nature that is usually found only in fiction. At the end, you will feel not only that you know Covey, but also that he knows you." - ORSON SCOTT CARD, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards "Stephen Covey adds great value to any individual or organization, not just through his words. His vision and integrity - his personal example move people beyond mere success." - TOM F. CRUM, cofounder, The Windstar Foundation, and author of The Magic of Conflict "With all the responsibilities and demands of time, travel, work, and families placed upon us in today's competitive world, it's a big plus to have Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to refer to." - MARIE OSMOND "In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey serves up a seven-course meal on how to take control of one's life and become the complete, fulfilling person one envisions. It is a satisfying, energetic, step-bystep book that is applicable for personal and business progress." - ROGER STAUBACH, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback "The conclusions he draws in this book underscore the need to restore the character ethic in our society. This work is a valuable addition to the literature of self-help." - W. CLEMENT STONE, founder, Success Magazine "Stephen Covey's deliberate integration of life and principles leads to squaring inner thought and outward behavior, resulting in personal as well as public integrity." - GREGORY J. NEWELL, U.S. Ambassador to Sweden "This book has the gift of being simple without being simplistic." - M. SCOTT PECK, author of The Road Less Traveled "I am reading it with profit. ... It is most thoughtful and enlightening." - NORMAN VINCENT PEALE, author of The Power of Positive Thinking ALSO BY STEPHEN R. COVEY The 8th Habit Living the 7 Habits The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families The Nature of Leadership First Things First Principle-Centered Leadership The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Personal Workbook The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Journal ALSO FROM FRANKLINCOVEY CO. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Journal Life Matters business Think What Matters Most The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management The Power Principle Breakthrough Factor The 7 HABITS of HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE Restoring the Character Ethic Copyright © 1989, 2004 by Stephen R. Covey Library of Congress Catalogingin-Publication Data Control Number: 2004057494 ISBN: 0-7432-6951-9 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Interdependence is a higher value than independence. This work is a synergistic product of many minds. It began in the middle seventies as I was reviewing 200 years of success literature as part of a doctoral program. I am grateful for the inspiration and wisdom of many thinkers and for the trans-generational sources and roots of this wisdom. I am also grateful for many students, friends, and colleagues at Brigham Young University and the Covey Leadership Center and for thousands of adults, parents, youth, executives, teachers, and other clients who have tested this material and have given feedback and encouragement. The material and arrangement has slowly evolved and has imbued those who have been sincerely and deeply immersed in it with the conviction that the Seven Habits represent a holistic, integrated approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness, and that, more than in the individual habits themselves, the real key lies in the relationship among them and in how they are sequenced. For the development and production of the book itself I feel a deep sense of gratitude: --to Sandra and to each of our children and their spouses for living lives of integrity and service and for supporting my many travels-and involve-ments outside the home. It's easy to teach principles loved ones live. --to my brother John for his constant love, interest, insights and purity of soul. --to the happy memory of my father. --to my mother for her devotion to her more than 87 living descendants and for her constant demonstrations of love. --to my dear friends and colleagues in the business, especially: --to Bill Marre, Ron McMillan, and Lex Watterson for feedback, encouragement, editorial suggestions, and production help. --to Brad Anderson, who at great personal sacrifice for over a year, developed a Seven Habits video-based development program. Under his leadership this material has been tested and refined and is being implemented by thousands of people across a broad range of organizations. Almost without exception, after initial exposure to this material, our clients desire to make it available to greater numbers of employees, underscoring our confidence that it "works." --to Bob Thele for helping to create a system for our firm that gave me the peace of mind to enable me to really focus on the book. --to David Conley for communicating the value and power of the Seven Habits to hundreds of business organizations so that my colleagues, Blaine Lee, Roice Krueger, Roger Merrill and AI Switzler, and I have the constant opportunity to share ideas in a large variety of settings. --to my proactive literary agent Jan Miller, and my "can do" associate Greg Link and his assistant Stephanni Smith and Raleen Beckham Wahlin for their creative and courageous marketing leadership. --to my Simon and Schuster editor Bob Asahina for his professional competence and project leadership, for his many excellent suggestions and for helping me to better understand the difference between writing and speaking. --to my earlier devoted assistants Shirley and Heather Smith and to my present assistant Marilyn Andrews for a level of loyalty which is truly uncommon. --to our Executive Excellencemagazine editor Ken Shelton for his editing of the first manuscript years ago, for helping refine and test the material in several contexts, and for his integrity and sense of quality. --to Rebecca Merrill for her invaluable editing and production assistance, for her inner commitment to the material, and for her skill, sensitivity, and carefulness in fulfilling that commitment, and to her husband, Roger, for his wise, synergistic help. --and to Kay Swim and her son, Gaylord, for their much appreciated vision which contributed to our organization's rapid growth. FOREWORD The world has changed dramatically since The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was first published. Life is more complex, more stressful, more demanding. We have transitioned from the Industrial Age into the Information Knowledge Worker Age - with all of its profound consequences. We face challenges and problems in our personal lives, our families, and our organizations unimagined even one and two decades ago. These challenges are not only of a new order of magnitude, they are altogether different in kind. These sweeping changes in society and rumbling shifts in the digitized global marketplace give rise to a very important question - one I'm asked fairly often: "Are The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People still relevant today?" And for that matter, "Will they be relevant ten, twenty, fifty, one hundred years from now?" My answer: the greater the change and more difficult our challenges, the more relevant the habits become. The reason: our problems and pain are universal and increasing, and the solutions to the problems are and always will be based upon universal, timeless, self-evident principles common to every enduring, prospering society throughout history. I did not invent them and take no credit for them. I've simply identified and organized them into a sequential framework. One of the most profound learnings of my life is this: if you want to achieve your highest aspirations and overcome your greatest challenges, identify and apply the principle or natural law that governs the results you seek. How we apply a principle will vary greatly and will be determined by our unique strengths, talents, and creativity, but, ultimately, success in any endeavor is always derived from acting in harmony with the principles to which the success is tied. Many people do not think this way, at least consciously. In fact, you will increasingly find that principled solutions stand in stark contrast to the common practices and thinking of our popular culture. Allow me to illustrate this contrast with a few of the most common human challenges we face. Fear and insecurity. So many people today are gripped with a sense of fear. They fear for the future. They feel vulnerable in the work-place. They are afraid of losing their jobs and their ability to provide for their families. This vulnerability often fosters a resignation to riskless living and to co-dependency with others at work and at home. Our culture's common response to this problem is to become more and more independent. "I'm going to focus on 'me and mine.' I'll do my job, do it well, and get on to my real joys off the job." Independence is an important, even vital, value and achievement. The problem is, we live in an interdependent reality, and our most important accomplishments require interdependency skills well beyond our present abilities. "I want it now." People want things and want them now. "I want money. I want a nice, big house, a nice car, the biggest and best entertainment center. I want it all and I deserve it." Though today's "credit card" society makes it easy to "get now and pay later," economic realities eventually set in, and we are reminded, sometimes painfully, that our purchases cannot outstrip our ongoing ability to produce. Pretending otherwise is unsustainable. The demands of interest are unrelenting and unforgiving. Even working hard is not enough. With the dizzying rate of change in technology and increasing competition driven by the globalization of markets and technology, we must not only be educated, we must constantly re-educate and reinvent ourselves. We must develop our minds and continually sharpen and invest in the development of our competencies to avoid becoming obsolete. At work, the bosses drive results, and for good reason. Competition is fierce; survival is at stake. The need to produce today is today's reality and represents the demands of capital, but the real mantra of success is sustainability and growth. You may be able to meet your quarterly numbers, but the real question is, are you making the necessary investment that will sustain and increase that success one, five, and ten years from now? Our culture and Wall Street scream for results today. But the principle of balancing the need to meet today's demands with the need to invest in the capabilities that will produce tomorrow's success is unavoidable. The same is true of your health, yom marriage, your family relationships, and your community needs. Blame and victimism. Wherever you find a problem, you will usually find the finger-pointing of blame. Societyis addicted to playing the victim. "If only my boss wasn't such a controlling idiot If only I hadn't been born so poor ... If only I lived in a better place If only I hadn't inherited such a temper from my dad ... If only my kids weren't so rebellious ... If only the other department didn't mess up orders all the time ... If only we weren't in such a declining industry ... If only our people weren't so lazy and without drive ... If only my wife was more understanding... If only ... .If only." Blaming everyone and everything elsefor our problems and challenges may be the norm and may provide temporary relief from the pain, but it also chains us to these very problems. Show me someone who is humble enough to accept and take responsibility for his or her circumstances and courageous enough to take whatever initiative is necessary to creatively work his or her way through or around these challenges, and I'll ...
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