With the same profound insight, simplicity, and practical wisdom that propelled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to worldwide acclaim, Stephen R. Covey now focuses on the primary concern of society today—the family.
True Happiness does not come from
possessions or fame; it comes from the quality of your relationships
with the people you love and respect. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families will help you find the answers to such common family challenges as:
How can you move from a “me” to a “we” spirit in the family when almost everything around us rewards “me”?
How can you have quality time for
the family when both parents (or the only parent) are working simply to
keep food on the table?
How can you build harmony in the family when everyone is criticizing and putting one another down?
How can you get your children to do their jobs and homework cheerfully, without being reminded or bribed?
"The author, called one of America's 25 most influential people by Time
magazine, explains how families can use the principles he presented in
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."
About the Author
Stephen R. Covey writes in his blockbuster self-improvement tome, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,
about the "social band-aid" effect of much recent success literature,
the tendency to create personality-based solutions to problems that go
deeper. "Success became more a function of personality, of public image,
of attitudes and behaviors, skills and techniques, that lubricate the
processes of human interaction," he wrote. Covey acknowledges the
importance of the "personality ethic," but he sought to go deeper and
emphasize the "character ethic," something Covey saw as a fading
concept. He went back further and found inspiration in figures such as
Benjamin Franklin, Thoreau, and Emerson.
Indeed, everything old is new again in Covey's works. The author
himself would admit that nothing he is saying is terribly new; but
Covey's synthesis of years and years of thinking about effectiveness
resulted in a smash personal growth title -- one that continues to be a
top seller nearly 15 years after its first publication. The title, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,
makes it sounds like a quick-fix path to power, but Covey's philosophy
is rooted in exactly the opposite notion: There are no quick fixes, no
shortcuts. He is writing about habits, after all, which can be as
tough to institute as they can be to break. His list: Be proactive;
begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek
first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; sharpen the saw.
Covey's subsequent titles are based in some way or another on this seminal book. First Things First offers a time-management strategy and a new way of looking at priorities. Principle-Centered Leadership
is an examination of character traits and an "inside-out" way of
improving organizational leadership. Covey, a Mormon, also wrote two
religious contemplations of human effectiveness and interaction, The Spiritual Roots of Human Relations and The Divine Center.
These were Covey's first two titles; his esteem for spirituality is not
absent from subsequent work but appears as just one more tool that can
be applied in self-improvement.
Like Spencer Johnson's Who Moved My Cheese?, 7 Habits
has been able to achieve astonishing sales success by espousing ideas
applicable beyond an office setting. Covey's books are about
self-improvement more than they are about corporate management, which
has enabled him to create a successful version of the philosophy for
families (entitled, of course, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families) in addition to attracting people who just want to be more efficient in their lives, or bolster that diet.
Most attractive about Covey is his versatility in conveying his
ideas. His books are structured in appealing, number-oriented groupings
("Three Resolutions," "Thirty Methods of Influence," four quadrants of
importance in time management) and big umbrellas of ideas, but within
these pockets Covey draws from a wide range of resources: anecdotes,
business school exercises, historical wisdom, and diverse metaphors.
Sometimes, Covey uses himself as an example. He knows as well as anyone
that practicing what he preaches is tough; but he keeps trying, which
makes him an inspiring testimonial for his own books.