Every once in a while, you read a book that changes your life.

It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago, I read Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I don’t recall how I happened to acquire this book, but I clearly remember sitting down to read it. I could not put it down. Page after page contained morsels of leadership wisdom and truths. These completely resonated with me.

Given the popularity of the book, I am sure many of you have read this. If you haven’t, you should. What are the seven habits? Here they are:

  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think win-win
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. And finally, sharpen the saw

Not two years earlier I had completed my MBA, with a focus on organizational behavior. Given my career progression at the time, I had not been exposed to much of this kind of work. This book changed my life and introduced me to a world of new ideas related to leadership, repairing broken organizations, leading significant transformation, and building successful teams.

No book changed my life, or my career progression, more than did this one. It set the stage for phenomenal career growth and personal satisfaction.

What have you read that has changed your life? Please share in the comments on LinkedIn

Fueling extraordinary growth through culture,

Steve

 1Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic. Simon and Schuster, 1989. Print.

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