Stephen Covey's famous The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
has been teaching people and organisations how to be more effective since 1989. But how do Covey's principles translate for real people living their lives? Living the 7 Habits
presents more than 70 little stories of people as they meet challenges and practise the seven habits. Some are ordinary slices of life; others are pivotal moments or life changes. A 76-year-old man who had overdrawn his wife's "emotional bank account" starts making deposits of chores, favours and special dates until love is rekindled. A woman changes her life after her husband dies of cancer. Children teach parents empathic listening. A banker-turned-minister, cleaning his gun as his pregnant wife naps on the couch, accidentally discharges it, killing his wife and the unborn child, and learns to recover from grief and guilt. Parents learn to hear their teenagers' anxieties with respect and understanding. A clinical-psychology researcher, moved by statistics that one-third of foster kids never return to their birth parents or get adopted, creates a village for former "unadoptable" children, their new parents, and volunteer "grandparents". The stories are organised thematically into individual, family, community, education and workplace--with commentary from Covey following each story. If you practise the seven habits and seek inspiration and a feeling of community, this book will help you find both. --Joan Price
John Gray author, "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" Stephen Covey has touched the lives of many. This book offers hope and proves the "7 Habits" are truly worth LIVING.
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