Dr. STEPHEN R. COVEY is co-founder /vice chairman of
the FRANKLIN COVEY COMPANY, a leading global
professional services firm .
FRANKLIN COVEY COMPANY offers learning solutions
and performance solutions to assist professionals and
organizations in achieving sustained superior performance
through individual effectiveness , enduring leadership
capability and the ability to focus and execute on what
matters most ..
3. About the Book
In this book , covey reveals a step by step
framework for living and working based on
fundamental principles or natural laws ,
giving us the security to adapt to change and
the wisdom and power to take advantage of
the opportunities that changes creates .
4. 7 MAIN HABITS
BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST
SEEK FIRST TO BE UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD
SHARPEN THE SAW
5. BE PROACTIVE
Highly effective people take the initiative.
They are proactive.
They may not be able to control their
circumstances, but they can decide how to
make the best use of those circumstances.
7. BEGIN WITH THE END IN
Effectiveness is not just a matter of
reaching a goal but rather of achieving the
We can begin by drafting a personal mission
statement that outlines our goals and
describes the kind of person we want to be.
8. PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST
We should never let our most important priorities fall
victim to the least important.
We confuse the important with the urgent. The urgent is
easy to see. The important is harder to discern.
We must focus on “important but not urgent” activities.
9. SEEK FIRST TO BE UNDERSTAND
THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD
To develop win/win relationships, we must
find out what the other parties want, and
what winning means to them.
We must listen carefully, and think about it.
11. SHARPEN THE SAW
Habit 7 is preserving and enhancing the greatest asset
you have—you. It’s renewing the four dimensions of
your nature—physical, spiritual, mental, and
We are the instruments of our own performance, we
need to recognize the importance of taking time to
regularly sharpen the saw in all four ways.