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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families [Paperback]

Stephen R. Covey
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4 Jan 1999
Presents the reader with a holistic, integrated and principle-centred approach to creating a powerful and positive relationship within the family.

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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; New edition edition (4 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684860082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684860084
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, Dr. Stephen R. Covey dedicates his life to teaching principle-centred living and leadership to individuals, families, and organizations. Dr. Covey has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and has also been recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans

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Steven R Covey's bestselling The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was a landmark book in the world of self-help publishing as it introduced readers to a concept of life, both personally and professional, which encourages subtle and steady changes in the way people deal with the world around them. In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, Covey takes those same habits--be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think "win/win", seek first to understand and then to be understood, synergise, sharpen the saw--and transposes them onto possibly one of the most complex and confusing relationships that a human being is ever likely to encounter: the family. When you bear in mind that whereas we have at least some opportunity for choosing our friends, our lovers and, to a certain extent, our work colleagues, we have little or no choice in the matter when it comes to our families, so trying to apply the "Seven Habits", which may have already helped to improve other aspects of your life, to this particular arena is no mean feat. However, with his customary aplomb and insight, Covey forces his readers to look in the mirror and face up to the consequences of their actions in this most delicate of areas, and comes out with a formula that will gradually help to move even the most dysfunctional of families through the stages of simple survival to a sense of stability, on to success and finally, and most importantly, to significance.

Of course, the recognition of problems and desire to change are the most important things, but once those issues have themselves been confronted then it is unlikely that you will find a more thorough self-help programme to set you on your path. --Susan Harrison

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Covey encourages every parent to do some soul searching to become aware as to what really is priority in life. Then, he suggests we put "first things first." I believe that most parents would admit that they do wish to have "FAMILY" comes first--above all else. But, in today's busy, often stressful daily routine of life, accomplishing that goal is often "easier said than done". Covey clearly points out the essentials...such as establishing effective communication lines through family meetings and one-on-one talks with the kids. He makes so much sense as he describes with personal anecdotes how love, values, morality, and empathy for others is a process of teaching and learning from "the inside out"...in other words from within the family rippling out to society at large. He talks about establishing a family mission statement and helps to direct moms and dads to find the courage and the skills to make changes for the better. Covey's book creates the mindset and the outline.
If you have young kids like me, I recommend a perfect complement 'how-to book' with Covey's ... called "The Pocket Parent." This little book is loaded with compassion and humor along with quick read insights and skills that are completely in line with Covey's principles. It specifically offers the exact words that parents can use in each situation to communicate more effectively with their kids. The book trouble-shoots most of the problem behaviors my husband and I deal with daily-such as Angry outbursts, Bedtime, Mealtime and Clean-up refusals, Tantrums, Disrespectful attitude, the "Gimmes", Morning "Crazies," Whining, Sibling fights and many more, while maintaining the dignity of both parent and child. These 2 books (one more theoretical and spiritual, the other more "hands on" and practical) have changed our lives.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I had read and listened to Stephen Covey's ideas in a work context - and they worked! especially the empathic listening skills. But in the family - they are dynamite. These ideas are simple, easy to use principles that work The book is packed with stories from people better and worse off than you. The emotional bank account, win win agreements with the children, one on one time with your partner.... every one a winner. My friends are listening to the ideas too - they are a little bit infectious. I wish I could buy it for every parent in the country. Thanks for a bible for parents (and others)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful ideas and theories 30 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
I've found this helps me to think about what's happening in our family, even if we don't adopt all his suggestions.
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By Louis
Format:Paperback
About the Book: I loved "the 7 habits of highly effective people" 10 years ago, I now have 2 kids and i haven't had the time to finish the book yet but until now it has been good reading with good advice for our family and kids. As having kids is one of the biggest and most important project in life, you don't want to screw it up and it always good to get inspired by best practice.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for all families 8 Jun 1999
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Format:Paperback
This book is an excellent guide for any family (the audio cassette version is also particularly good - as Dr Covey is a charismatic speaker of practical wisdom). It's guidance is particularly relevant in today's society - when the family often takes second place to careers and other compelling "calls" on our time.
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