Essays on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey Book Report/Review

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The paper "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey" is a perfect example of a management book report.   A few days ago I came across this book “ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey and it was a highly enriching experience. It made me re-look at my values, attitudes and behaviours. I have started to look at a situation, often involving conflicts, from different angles after reading this book. Covey talked about character ethics and personality ethics and how we have started to focus more on the latter of late.

Personality ethics is concerned with personality growth, communication skills, positive thinking, etc. which are of utmost importance according to us to be successful in life. But we often forget that personality ethics is effective only when there is strong character ethics like honesty, integrity, conscience, etc. Whatever values we are having inside, we reflect that in outside. We can not fool people around by our sweet talks for a long if we do not have an equally sweet nature. Focusing only on personality ethics may come in handy for a short-term relationship but not adequate to sustain a long-term relationship.

I found this quite relevant for both our personal and professional life. Do not we often complain that our partners used to be a different human being before we get married… always attentive and caring to me… but now the things have changed. Maybe, that initial charming personality was personality ethics or the “ outside” only. Same for our professional world. Sometimes recruiters fail to access a candidate properly by concentrating on their “ outer” qualities. Candidates who seemed very well-spoken and gentle in the interview may end up as insincere and indiscipline while at work! However, this entire character ethics and personality ethics concept is based on our paradigms.

Paradigm is the way we perceive, understand and interpret the world outside. There are some natural laws or principles like fairness, integrity, honesty, etc. that govern our paradigms.

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Covey, Stephen R., (2004) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Cox & Wyman Ltd, London

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