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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey

At a glance:

This classic is a must read for all leaders. The book was first published in 1989 but many of the principles are timeless. In fact, many authors on productivity quotes or borrows Covey's content from this book.

Covey provides seven principles for personal and professional effectiveness, including:
1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind
3. Using a "win-win" mindset in relationships
4. Communicating effectively
5. Continuously improving and learning
6. Being empathetic and understanding the perspectives of others
7. Renewing oneself regularly through practices such as exercise and meditation.

By implementing these habits, individuals can improve their ability to manage their time and tasks, communicate effectively with others, and make progress towards their goals, which can lead to greater productivity.

Key takeaways:

"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

"The more we seek to understand the human needs and motives that underlie human behavior, the more effectively we can interact with others."

"Effective communication is the process of transferring information and meaning between two or more people."

"The most powerful one word question you can ask yourself as you proceed through life is why. That one word can cut through an incredible amount of fog."

"The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person."

"The most effective way to communicate, the most powerful communication model is the win-win."



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