The 7 habits of highly effective families Building a beautiful family culture in a turbulent world

Stephen R. Covey

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New York : Golden Books 1997.
Physical Description
390 p. : ill
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Stephen R. Covey (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) made Covey one of the high priests of secular self-help, and his advice has become a brand-name commodity, as his new adviser's title acknowledges. Families is published by Golden Books, provider of the inexpensive children's books most Americans know well, and the bargain-basement pictorial style of Golden's trademark product reappears in it. Fortunately, there are not all that many pictures, and there is nothing whatever wrong with Covey's advice. It begins with the master habit, "Be Proactive," which he explains and applies to family dynamics by means of real-life anecdotes and, at the end of the chapter, a page of suggestions for sharing the information with other adults and teenagers and another for sharing with children. Covey follows the same format in the succeeding six chapters on the other habits: "Begin with the End in Mind," "Put First Things First," "Think Win-Win," "Seek First to Understand . . . Then to Be Understood," "Synergize," and "Sharpen the Saw." As those phrases attest, like other self-help gurus, Covey has some catchphrases specific to his method, and he also effectively appropriates pop-culture imagery (e.g., when he urges using the "pause button" to keep from making defensive remarks). No wonder he is popular: he is precisely in tune with the pop-cultural zeitgeist. ((Reviewed September 15, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Library Journal Reviews

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. Copyright 1997 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents a practical and philosophical guide to solving the problems that confront all families at one time or another in order to create and sustain a strong family alliance. By the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Reprint. Tour.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Describes how successful families build a loving environment, effectively resolve problems, and cope with human relations issues

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In his first major work since The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey presents a practical and philosophical guide to solving the problems--large and small, mundane and extraordinary—that confront all families and strong communities. By offering revealing anecdotes about ordinary people as well as helpful suggestions about changing everyday behavior, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families shows how and why to have family meetings, the importance of keeping promises, how to balance individual and family needs, and how to move from dependence to interdependence. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families is an invaluable guidebook to the welfare of families everywhere.