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The Legacy of Stephen Covey

From late 90’s to early 2000’s, I have read 6 books written by Stephen Covey. This is the first time I am counting and I can’t believe it was this many.

Out of the 6, I own 5 of them. All 5 of them are packed away at my father’s home now. During my fascination in all self-help books in the mid-90’s, Stephen Covey occupied my reading time more than any other self-help authors. 7 Habits was good. Principle-centred Leadership was a less developed model of 7 habits. First Things First carries the emphasis on differentiating what is important and what is urgent. Living 7th habits are stories of people who has lived the “habits”, by 8th Habits I thought it was a marketing ploy to sell more of his books, yet surprisingly I have gained profound insights into this one. The 7 habits of Highly Effective Families gives an interesting slant on applying these principles to families which I thought was very good.

Today, 18 years on I look at the principles, frameworks and models in these books and think that most of them have become old news to me. This simply said what I have learnt from him has become embedded in the way I think, the way I lead projects, the way I manage and influence people at work. I may not be able to recite every principle off these books but I have lived these principles subconsciously… and that is the legacy of Stephen Covey.

4 days ago on the 16th July 2012, Covey died in Idaho due to complications from a fall, having lost control of his bicycle on a steep road the previous April. He was 79. I mourn the death of a teacher who has impacted my life in a positive way. Stephen preached about honesty and integrity leadership and has taken on helping individuals, teams and companies develop as his life mission and left a great legacy behind him.

Stephen Covey may have died but his messages and legacies lives on.

Have you read any of Stephen Covey’s books?


About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.



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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

JoV's favorite books »
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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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