Book review: The 7 habits of highly effective people

It’s a little difficult to say someting original about this book. The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey has been around for a long time, and has infleunced many people’s thinking on leadership and personal and professional development.

And deservedly so. The book offers insights that make sense and can serve as the foundation for personal growth. What I found most encouraging is that I see signs that much of the thinking of the book is now commonly found in a business setting. It seems that the ideas have spread and have become accepted, especially the very foundation, namely that professional success can (or maybe even must) come from personal development. To become a better worker, become a better person is the message that’s been spread by many books, and most effectively by “7 habits”.

2 thoughts on “Book review: The 7 habits of highly effective people”

  1. Alex, it is interesting that you should review 7 Habits. That was a book I tried over and over again to read. I must have started it 5 times before I made it all the way through. Once I did make it through the entire text, I was glad I did. I especially found helpful the distinction between "primary" and "seconndary" greatness. In some ways what Jim Collins has to say in Good To Great matches on the collective side what Covey had to say about individuals. Thanks for advancing the "great conversation" with your blog and your reviews!

  2. Alex, it is interesting that you should review 7 Habits. That was a book I tried over and over again to read. I must have started it 5 times before I made it all the way through. Once I did make it through the entire text, I was glad I did. I especially found helpful the distinction between "primary" and "seconndary" greatness. In some ways what Jim Collins has to say in Good To Great matches on the collective side what Covey had to say about individuals. Thanks for advancing the "great conversation" with your blog and your reviews!

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