A Management in a Minute Book Overview of The Seven Habits of Highly Efficient People by Stephen Covey
This summary and review of the book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was prepared by Tabitha K. James while a Management student in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.
- If I were the author of the book, I would have done these three things differently:
1. I would have not inserted quite so many personal stories. Often, it was easy to lose track of the process being discussed since each of the stories could also relate to other habits. In a way, the stories were too relatable and often had me reflecting more on my choices than learning the Habits I was attempting to figure out.
2. I would have gone more into detail on how to renew yourself. The basic principle is not difficult, but if you’ve tried ten million ways to re-center yourself and reading this book would have been one of them, more likely than not, then it’s difficult to do it in such a way as to not be in conflict with the goal you are trying to attain and left me feeling a bit out of the loop.
3. In Private and Public Victories, I felt like the author went into too much overlying information but not far enough into the details of why things were the way they were which would allow for even more self analyzing purpose. I often felt as if those sections were fillers that weren’t designed to be fillers, as if they should have been a Habit by themselves but were not.
- Reading this book made me think differently about the topic in these ways:
1. I try to be a self aware being and I am constantly analyzing my own motives and purposes but this book helped me to focus that analyzing ability into a way that I could be proactive about it and drive myself towards my desired goals. By following the Habits, I could formulate why I thought a certain way and if it was in line with my principles and if not, how to discard it and move on with my life.
2. This book also helped me on a more interactive level. When I am faced with a frustrating or overwhelming situation, I attempt to sit back and try to analyze the situation better and to realize that not everyone is out to get me; that often others have a reason for their behavior that comes from their own actions and that it isn’t necessarily purposeful. This has made traffic much more bearable.
3. Having read this book, I have learned the value of effectiveness over efficiency and hope to use it in such a way that I can maintain that ideal. Previously, I was worried because I didn’t seem efficient but then once I realized that I can’t treat people efficiently, I can instead work effectively and get done what needs to get done without stressing myself out too much.