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The long-awaited new book that offers precious lessons in creating and sustaining a strong family culture in a turbulent world.With the same profound insight, simplicity, and practical wisdom that propelled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to worldwide acclaim, Stephen R. Covey now focuses on the primary concern of society today - the family.No family is free from challenges, from its own members or from the outside world. In his latest book, Covey shows how the 7 Habits create a powerful framework of timeless, universal, and self-evident principles that enable family members to effectively communicate about their problems and resolve them. He also shows how families can move from a problem-solving to a creative mind-set, focusing on accomplishing goals and contributing together in meaningful ways.Sharing insightful, often poignant or humorous experiences from his own life and also from the lives of many families who are striving to live these principles, Covey teaches you how you can:. become an agent of change in your family. create a family mission statement - a compelling, unifying expression of shared vision and values. make family a priority, even in the midst of a turbulent world. work together effectively to come up with new, third-alternative solutions. shift your focus from survival (barely making it yourselves) to significance (making a real difference in your family and in the world).With the clarity and uncommon sense that have already reached tens of millions of readers, Covey demonstrates how the principles of the 7 Habits can be used to build the kind of strong, loving family that lasts for generations.As Covey says, When you raise your children, you are also raising your grandchildren. He shows that building a strong family is not a matter of nature or nurture, but of choice. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families is destined to become the preeminent work on the family, providing a new benchmark on a very important global topic.
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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

About the Author

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.

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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.

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