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Stephen Covey and “Seven Habits” revisited

January 26, 2014

Steve Fawthrop

Dear Visitor,

Thank you for visiting this post.

In June 2014 I was approved to blog on LinkedIn and as part of gearing up my posts I did an updated version of the “Seven Habits” post, including adding some supplemental information. So for something fresher I recommend the more recent post:

If you are active on LinkedIn and it makes sense to connect due to our common industry interests or location (Seattle/West Coast), certainly feel free to send me an invitation.

I hope you find some benefit to this post. All my new posts are exclusively on LinkedIn so if you find any value you can “follow” and get notification. I am shooting for one a week.




While looking up an old record I came upon a USA Today end-of-year profile on Stephen Covey noting his death in July 2012. His “Seven Habits” book had such broad impact,  in business and in general,  that it became a standard in the personal development field. While it is top of mind I though it worthwhile to make a brief revisit. It is a book, along with his related writings, that will be referenced well into the future.

To note, the columnist also put in a nice reminder that the subtitle of the book was “Restoring the Character Ethic.”

I realized rereading the story that Covey did not publish the book until his mid-50’s so he was a late bloomer on that front. This gives me hope I still have a few years to write my great book on business or personal development.

As a reminder to you readers:

HABIT ONE. Be Proactive–the habit of individual responsibility, the principle that while we can’t always control what happens, we can choose our response: we need not feel powerless, trapped or victimized.

HABIT TWO. Begin with the End in Mind–the habit of personal leadership, of discovering a personal mission and living out of a sense of purpose.

HABIT THREE. Put First Things First–the habit of personal management, of operating from priorities that flow from mission, roles and goals.

HABIT FOUR. Think Win-Win–the habit of interpersonal leadership and mutual benefit.

HABIT FIVE. Seek First to Understand (and then to be understood)–the attitude and skill cultivated by all successful professionals as it is a key to influence.

HABIT SIX. Synergize–the habit of creative cooperation that comes from exploring constructive alternatives, valuing differences of opinion and seeking objective feedback.

HABIT SEVEN. “Sharpen the Saw”–the habit of self-renewal, of implementing a daily total fitness program that rejuvenates the mind and body and enhances capabilities.


Steve Fawthrop





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