Remembering Leadership Guru Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People bookFrom the Twitter-feed this week: “7- Habits author Stephen Covey dies after cycling accident.” A Life, and death, boiled down into 140 characters or less.

The first time I heard about Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it was probably 1991, and I was in college. My boyfriend (now my husband) had read his book, and he recommended I read it as well, kindly sharing his copy with me.

I like the word “effective.” As far as words go, it is among my favorites. It is a strong, dependable word that conveys confidence, success, purpose and results. Needless to say, Dr. Covey had me from the word “effective!”

Of his seven habits, Habit #2 has been my most valued:

Begin with the end in mind.

If you know were you are headed, you are much more likely to arrive.

I also thought his concept of the Emotional Bank Account was brilliant. Like a financial bank account, you can overdraw and build up reserves. Have you made any emotional deposits lately?

I am going to flip through our copy again this summer. It has some nuggets of gold. In case you are unable to get your hands on an old copy, Amazon has the ebook, hardcover, paperback and audio formats:

Nancy Patterson