Book Review & Recommended Reading

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We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Aristotle –

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

By: Stephen Covey

1. Be Proactive

“Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive. It does

mean recognizing our responsibility to make things happen.”

2. Begin With the End in Mind

“(This habit)…is based on imagination‐‐ the ability to envision, to see the potential,

to create with our minds what we cannot at present see with our eyes…”

3. Put First Things First

“Create a clear, mutual understanding of what needs to be accomplished, focusing

on what, not how; results, not methods. Spend time.  Be patient. Visualize the desired result.”

4. Think Win‐Win

“Win‐Win is a frame of mind that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human

interactions. Win‐Win means that agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial

and satisfying.”

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

“Seek First to Understand’ involves a very deep shift in paradigm. We typically

seek first to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand;

they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing

to speak. They’re filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading

their autobiography into other people’s lives.”

6. Synergize

“Synergy works; it’s a correct principle. It is the crowning achievement of all the

previous habits. It is effectiveness in an interdependent reality‐‐ it is teamwork,

team building, the development of unity and creativity with other human beings.”

7. Sharpening the Saw

“This is the habit of renewal it circles and embodies all the other habits. It is

the habit of continuous improvement that lifts you to new levels of understanding

and living each of the habits”