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To put first things first, Stephen Covey's treatise on principle-centered self-improvement is still engaging and worthwhile almost 20 years after it was originally published.

In this age of lifehacking and making technology work for you, Covey's insights are actually more relevant than ever, because people are increasingly believing that gadgets and gizmos will solve all of the world's communication and productivity issues. In fact, more often than not these communication and productivity tools hinder the very things they are supposed to help, and this happens because people lack the basic principles and skills to work effectively with people.

Adding technology to un-principled and ineffective lifestyle is like never running more than a mile, then buying brand new trainers and thinking you can win a marathon.

The Seven Habits avoid talking about technology and focus on human contact. The habits help us use our ideas and abilities to become interdependent and be able to work effectively with ourselves and other people to achieve overwhelming success. And while he does use a lot of jargon that may seem bureaucratic, Covey conveys his ideas through very simple anecdotes that help explain exactly what he means and how to accomplish it.

His writing style is so accessible and he makes his ideas seem so easy to implement, it's no wonder this book has been the go-to source for managers and company leaders for so long. I plan to buy this one and re-read it once a year or so to help keep me on track to becoming more effective.

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ISBN-10: 0743269519 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780743269513 (pbk.)
Author: Stephen R. Covey, Stephen, R Covey
Genre: Leadership, Management, Motivational, Paperback, Psychology & Counseling, Success, Covey, Stephen R., Self Help, Protestantism, Careers & Business Life, Personal Growth, Psychology, Personal Transformation, Case Studies, Industrial Psychology, Job Hunting & Careers, Entrepreneurship
Publisher: Free Press
Date Published: November 9, 2004
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