A personal messageForeword by Sandra Merrill CoveyYou're going to be off track 90 Percent of the time. So what?Habit 1: Be ProactiveBecoming an agent of change in your familyHabit 2: Begin with the end in mindDeveloping a family mission statementHabit 3: Put first things firstMaking family a priority in a turbulent worldHabit 4: Think win-winMoving from me to weHabit 5: Seek first to understand...then to be understoodSolving family problems through empathic communicationHabit 6: SynergizeBuilding family unity through celebrating differencesHabit 7: Sharpen the sawRenewing the family spirit through traditionsFrom survival...to stability...to success...to significanceNotesGlossaryProblem/opportunity indexIndexAbout the authorAbout Franklin Covey company7 Habits diagram and definition
Stephen R Covey is the founder and chairman of the Covey Leadership Centre. He is the author of the number one bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People which spent five years on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives with his wife and nine children in Provo, Utah.
Covey's "7 Habits" ("Be proactive"; "Begin with the end in mind," etc.) have become well-known in business and in the field of personal self-help through his popular seminars and bestselling books, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Principle-Centered Leadership and First Things First. Now Covey applies the Habits to family life, advising parents to create a "beautiful family culture" by setting aside regular "family time" and applying "one-on-one bonding" with each family member, and by maintaining an "Emotional Bank Account." Asserting that "happy families have certain constant characteristics, and these characteristics are contained in the 7 Habits," Covey provides "a basic framework of fundamental principles that you can apply to any situation." With personal stories from his own large family and many others, he clearly illustrates the practices of being "proactive" rather than reactive; creating a "family mission statement" and using it to guide all family decisions and actions; making family a real priority in daily life; counteracting negative influences of society; and replacing "criticizing, complaining, comparing, and competing" with understanding one another, supporting mutual success and "synergizing" into a "we" mind-set. Ending each chapter with exercises for sharing the Habits with children, teens and other adults, this smoothly written book provides excellent advice for the "highest role and most important stewardship" of parenting. Major ad/ promo; simultaneous Golden Books Audio. (Oct.)
A personal-development guru, best-selling author, and father of nine, Covey has done it again. Here he espouses the same seven habits to live by as he did in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (S. & S., 1989), but this time the focus is strictly on the family. While his message is not new, it is written with sincerity and simplicity, and even the most career-driven individual should feel passionate about family after reading this book. Covey contends that all families get off track, mostly because they don't know where the track is headed. The remedy: develop a sense of destination. As in Effective People, each chapter here explains the significance of one of the "habits," illustrated by personal stories. Chapters conclude with practical suggestions for putting the habits into action. At times hokey, at times virtuous, always thoughtful and enlightening, this book is recommended for all libraries. [This is the publisher's first adult title.‘Ed.]‘Kimberly Lynn, Reading P.L., Mass.