Stephen Covey and his literature has and always will be an inspiration to many people around the globe. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, also put his foot in it recently by declaring that there's very little that annoys me in life, but people turning up late really does irritate me.” Frazzled passengers on Virgin's train service swiftly took to social media to note that they too liked to be on time, but that one in five trains had been late over the past 12 months.
Published in 1989 the book has not lost popularity till today and it considered as one of the most popular books in the world on personal growth and increasing one's own effectiveness, more than fifteen million copies have been sold all over the world; the book has been translated into thirty-eight languages, and in 2011 the magazine Time added it to the list of 25 books of the most influential business books of management.
To help understand these natural laws, and what steps we can take to align ourselves with them, Stephen R. Covey researched 200 years of success literature, and discovered common threads and trends apparent in them all, and found the same trends and laws appeared in ever major religion, culture and society around the world.
Stephen Covey's wise words are »The efficiency focus creates expectations that clash with the opportunities to develop rich relationships, to meet human needs, and to enjoy spontaneous moments an a daily basis«, and »Rather focusing on on things and time, (…) focus on preserving and enhancing relationships and accomplishing results.« He also offers practical tools like the Time Management Matrix with its four quadrants.
A believer in providing the younger generations with the best possible foundation for an extraordinary life, I currently teach middle school students in a private school a course called The Choice is Yours, based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
This book, called Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life, used Reader's Digest stories from as far back as 1922 in order to show how any person, any age, any path of life, could follow the teachings and improve their way of life and their satisfaction.
Earners of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® badge are able to achieve high levels of improved leadership effectiveness at individual, team, and organizational levels whilst demonstrating increased maturity, greater productivity, and the ability to manage one's self.
By adding the 8th habit to the previous 7 habits, there are guidelines that can be followed in order to find out what you really want in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Summary life, what you need to change to get there, how to get there, and then how to help other people get to where they want to go as well.
In order to change a given situation, we must change ourselves, and in order to change ourselves, we must be able to change our book is about servant leadership, the characteristics of professionals and their production factor, professionalism and life-long learning.