In "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, " author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a ...
step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
I was skeptical about this book (mainly because of the title) but I have to admit it is a really good tool for organizational learning. It deserves its popularity and some concepts it contains (especially on habits and proactivity - and a nice
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1) I don't really like the "self-help" books. This one was suggested by a person I consider "wise beyond her age" (she could be my daughter, and yet she always proves to be a very interesting person to talk with) so I decided to see what it really
..." was. 2) Being still a bit reluctant, I decided to experiment with the format, too, so I bought the Kindle edition. I don't have a Kindle, but I use an iPhone, wanted to see how it worked before even considering moving to a dedicated reading device.
Result of point (2): OUCH OUCH OUCH. It's probably just due to the small screen, but the experience was really painful for me. Mostly because by presenting just 1/5 of a printed page or so (to aid readability) the book seemed infinite, especially by looking at the progress bar.
Result of point(1): I actually found the book relevant and interesting. As usual, some of the stuff I already knew from having dabbled in psychotherapy, read other books and articles on the basic tenents of human interaction, and so. And also, as always happens in this kind of books... the whole "system" should be embraced in toto, especially because if it does not work for you, fanboys will retort that you missed applying the Critical 5th Comma of Vol.56 or somesuch (XP practitioners, I am looking at you!).
So, if I have to really express some criticism, the backbone of the "system" is infused by Apple Pie Americanism with a dollop of Mormon Ethics. Maybe it's just me, but some things are really a bit too corny for me (like having a Mission Statement on the wall of your sitting room and reviewing it maybe once a month with your family, reading it aloud, and possibly discussing amendments - sort like a bonsai constitution).
If your jaded euro skepticism doesn't make you get cynical and resentful, though, the book has lots to offer - it's basically a "course" on how to reprogram yourself in a better human being. Not in the sense to make you a cool-blooded manager ready to sell your grandmother for more stock option, but by understanding that the real key to anything is through other people, and to turn the key you have to do two things: - Listening - Trying to get rid of the idea that you either win or lose, and strive to get a result that is beneficial for all parties.
Even if you will never adopt the whole set of "precepts" I believe that the books has a lot to offer as food for thought, and therefore its stellar fame is deserved.
I can't help thinking about my behaviour when my son "lost control" (obviously only from my own perspective) while reading the book. It gives me a lot of foods for self reflection.
But I do think that the book is a bit too long. Idea can be
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