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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, is a business and self-help book written by Stephen Covey. Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls "true north" principles based on a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless.

Covey defines effectiveness as the balance of obtaining desirable results with caring for that which produces those results. He illustrates this by referring to the fable of the goose that laid the golden eggs. He further claims that effectiveness can be expressed in terms of the P/PC ratio, where P refers to getting desired results and PC is caring for that which produces the results.

Covey's best-known book has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since its first publication. The audio version became the first non-fiction audio-book in U.S. publishing history to sell more than one million copies. Covey argues against what he calls "the personality ethic", that he sees as prevalent in many modern self-help books. He promotes what he labels "the character ethic": aligning one's values with so-called universal and timeless principles. In doing this, Covey is deliberately and mindfully separating principles and values. He sees principles as external natural laws, while values remain internal and subjective. Our values govern our behavior, while principles ultimately determine the consequences. Covey presents his teachings in a series of habits, manifesting as a progression from dependence through independence on to interdependence.


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„Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Source: The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People (1989), p. 239
Source: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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Stephen R. Covey photo
Stephen R. Covey photo
Stephen R. Covey photo

„But borrowing strength builds weakness.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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Stephen R. Covey photo

„Remember, to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Source: The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People (1989), p. 12
Source: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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Stephen R. Covey photo

„Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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„It comes from within.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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Stephen R. Covey photo

„Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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„When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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Stephen R. Covey photo
Stephen R. Covey photo

„Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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Stephen R. Covey photo
Stephen R. Covey photo

„Your attitude determines your altitude“

—  Stephen R. Covey, book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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