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First Things Firstby Stephen Covey
Synopses & Reviews
The updated edition of the Stephen R. Covey classic that has sold millions while launching the time management revolution—now with a new Introduction from the author.
An astonishingly successful blockbuster whose ideas formed his first “habit” of The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, First Things First continues to change the way readers organize their lives. Traditional time management suggests that working harder, smarter, and faster will help you gain control over your life, and that increased control will bring peace and fulfillment. But Covey and his coauthors, drawing on the first real breakthrough in time management in years, apply the insights of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to offer new solutions to the daily problems of struggling with ever-increasing demands of work and home. Rather than focus on time and things, they emphasize relationships and results, favoring effectiveness over efficiency. Offering a principle-centered approach, First Things First empowers readers to define what is truly important, to accomplish worthwhile goals, and to lead rewarding and balanced lives.
I'm getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I'm doing what matters most and doing it well?
Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, First Things First can help you understand why so often our first things aren't first. Rather than offering you another clock, First Things First provides you with a compass, because where you're headed is more important than how fast you're going.
andlt;Iandgt;I'm getting more done in less time, but where are the rich relationships, the inner peace, the balance, the confidence that I'm doing what matters most and doing it well?andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Does this nagging question haunt you, even when you feel you are being your most efficient? If so, andlt;iandgt;First Things Firstandlt;/iandgt; can help you understand why so often our first things aren't first. Rather than offering you another clock, andlt;iandgt;First Things Firstandlt;/iandgt; provides you with a compass, because where you're headed is more important than how fast you're going.
About the Author
Stephen R. Covey, husband, father, and grandfather, is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, founder of the former Covey Leadership Center, and cochairman of Franklin Covey Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate from B.Y.U., where he was a professor of organizational behavoir and business management and also served as director of university relatins and assistant to the president. Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has been at the top of the bestseller lists for over seven years. More than 10 million copies have been sold in 28 languages and 70 countries.His book Principle-Centered Leadership is one fo the best-selling business books of the decade. Stephen, his wife, Sandra, and their family live in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.
Table of Contents
THE CLOCK AND THE COMPASS
1 How Many People on Their Deathbed Wish They'd Spent More Time at the Office?
2 The Urgency Addiction
3 To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy
THE MAIN THING IS TO KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING
4 Quadrant II Organizing: The Process of Putting First Things First
5 The Passion of Vision
6 The Balance of Roles
7 The Power of Goals
8 The Perspective of the Week
9 Integrity in the Moment of Choice
10 Learning from Living
THE SYNERGY OF INTERDEPENDENCE
11 The Interdependent Reality
12 First Things First Together
13 Empowerment from the inside Out
THE POWER AND PEACE OF PRINCIPLE-CENTERED LIVING
14 From Time Management to Personal Leadership
15 The Peace of the Results
Appendix A: Mission Statement Workshop
Appendix B: A Review of Time Management Literature
Appendix C: The Wisdom Literature
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