The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Study Guide

Stephen Covey

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  • More than a decade after the original publication of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey says he wouldn't change anything about his methods or recommendations. The principles themselves are timeless and apply just as much in the 21st century as they did when Covey began practicing them in the 1970s.
  • Covey's follow-up book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (2005) tacks on one additional habit that stems directly from the Information Age: "Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs." This habit means striving toward "passionate optimization," fulfillment, greatness, and contribution (or voice, what Covey refers to as "the higher reaches of human genius and motivation") in yourself and helping others find their voice as well.
  • People often confuse values and principles. Principles are "natural laws" that control the consequences of one's actions. They are objective, or unbiased. Values are subjective. The values one feels strongest about guide one's behavior. Covey believes people should value principles above all else.
  • The seven habits are universal. No matter a person's country of origin, religion, or culture, everyone shares the same principles of justice, responsibility, integrity, respect, and communication. The way people practice the principles may differ, but the principles themselves remain the same.
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