Leadership

Book Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

 

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From now on I want to write a review of all the nonfiction books I read, because I’ve realized reviewing process of reviewing effective way to summarize and continue have dialogue about the book.

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey has been regarded as one of the most influential books in leadership, management consulting.  In fact this is a book for anyone, who wants to live more fulfilling life.

Book begins on what you can control in your life and helps you to find focus in the most important things.

As I read through it, I recognized the importance of reading and thinking about these things. Just by reading, thinking and taking notes one already starts to form more basis for further thinking and discussion. At first such capability wouldn’t have been, because I simple wouldn’t have thought about this before so well.

As an example there is the difference between product and production capability. The book has several arguments why we too often focus on short term result, rather than building the production capability. I felt that the message resonated with my thinking that I had been previously unable to put in words.

Overall I enjoyed the book tremendously. It has been written very and structured very well and I see this as a book to study for a lifetime. Reading the book  once, may make us aware of the difference between wilderness and the path, however it will not yet help us to stay on the path forever. For this reason we need to return to this and other books again, in order to better recognize the more subtler differences and similarities. Most importantly to be able to make these habits part of our lives, we need to start applying them. The amount of wisdom packed here is huge, so our habits will benefit from repeated lifelong exposures to the ideas in this book.

At the end of the book, there are some final interviews with Stephen Covey there, where he says that in fact “anyone who takes the 7 Habits seriously becomes a leader.”

Practicing the 7 Habits would mean that the production capability and focus on the important increases, which means we are all capable to better, smarter work today than yesterday. We have the potential to do more good today than yesterday. It is that kind of optimism that really made an impression on me.

5/5, I can warmly recommend this book.

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