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May 4, 2020 Last updated: May 12, 2020

Podcast #607: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

It’s been 30 years since the landmark self-management book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was published. It’s been called the most influential business book of the 20th century and the principles it espouses have become embedded in our culture. The 7 Habits has had a big impact on my own life since the first time I read it over 20 years ago as a high schooler. A 30th anniversary edition of the book is out with new insights from the late Stephen Covey’s children. Today, it’s my pleasure to speak to one of them, Stephen M.R. Covey. Stephen is the oldest of the Covey children, played an instrumental role in the launch of the first edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, as well as in his father’s company, Franklin Covey, and is himself the author of the book The Speed of Trust. Today on the show, Stephen and I discuss why The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has had such staying power and why it’s just as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. We then walk through the seven habits, exploring how each is lived individually, as well as work together to create a flourishing life. If you’ve never read The 7 Habits, this episode is a great introduction. And if you’ve read it before, this is a succinct refresher on a set of principles worth building your life around.

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Show Highlights

  • Why has 7 Habits resonated with so many people for so long
  • What Covey found in his study of the history of personal development literature 
  • What does it mean to be proactive?
  • Your circle of influence vs. your circle of concern
  • What does it look like to begin with the end in mind?
  • Putting first things first 
  • Moving to maturity with thinking win-win 
  • The power of empathy 
  • What does “synergy” really mean?
  • The capstone habit 

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