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Stephen Covey died his books remain


Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 -- July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman and motivational speaker. His most popular book was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. His other books include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit, and The Leader In Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. He was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at the time of his death.

Each chapter is dedicated to one of the habits,[3] which are represented by the following imperatives:
Independence or Self-Mastery

The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e., self mastery):

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life's principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. Create a mission statement.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Prioritize, plan, and execute your week's tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated in Habit 2.

The next three have to do with Interdependence (i.e., working with others):

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.

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

Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.

Habit 6: Synergize

Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Get the best performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership.
Self Renewal

The Last habit relates to self-rejuvenation:

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes on exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to the society for spiritual renewal.

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Thank you chris for the reminder

The book talk is a great way to bring attention to older threads like this one.

'Begin with the end in mind' - always good advice. Always good to have a goal, and endpoint, even if you don't have a map (at the time).

He's the man.

Thank you, Christian

I saw this, too, and was very saddened. I think you spoke about him on one of your videos I saw. I'm also a fan. I bought Seven Habits when it came out... gave it away and bought another one... gave that away... I've recommended it to so-o many people - and for all different reasons, too, related to one or another of the "habits." Although I read the book years ago, some of the anecdotes just really stuck. The habits apply to one's work and also personal life. They're really universal principles.

[The day I read of his passing, I would have posted something myself. But columnist William Raspberry also died. I figured that more people already knew of Steven Covey, so I posted the other. I appreciated Raspberry's taking a stand on behalf of children, namely, children of divorce. He also felt strongly about the importance of fathers, in particular, as I know you do also. Always happy to see your videos.]

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~ John Muir

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