January 2021 – The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Revised and Updated: 30th Anniversary Edition – Stephen Covey

Named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century and one of the best-selling books of all time, this book has been the go-to for millions around the world for both personal and professional transformation. This new 30th Anniversary Edition includes additional insights from Sean Covey at the end of each chapter which provides a modern outlook on each of the habits.

Covey discusses a principle centred approach based on natural laws to allow a person to take full control over one’s life. The book provides a framework for solving problems by focusing on primary traits called the Character Ethics, and not the secondary traits that can be defined as Personality Ethics. By fixing the core, you are able to build and enhance relationships on a foundation of trust without coming across as insincere or manipulative.

The 7 habits include:

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Habit 4: Think Win/Win

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Habit 6: Synergise

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

The habits are formulated in an order to provide a step-by-step approach for living a life of integrity, humility and honesty. Each chapter is summarised in few bullet points which helps ensure you are able to take away the key points as well as making it easy to look back and review the content without crawling through pages. The book also contains exercises and illustrations which help simplify the principles. One particular exercise around point of view contained a picture of a young and old lady which left me in awe when the penny dropped.

Without a doubt, this is one of the highest recommended books for all individuals regardless of your age or occupation. It focuses on core principles that can be applied across all areas of life whether that be parenthood, business and the workplace, personal relationships and more. One of my favourite books and the holistic coverage of all areas of life makes.

Rating:

9 / 10

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