Leadership: The Flaws in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Kelly Spor’s writes in Entrepreneur Magazine of the successful Stephen R. Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Kelly quotes Bill Clinton and a host of other who claim influence from the mega seller. I’m going to be bitterly honest.

I’ve worked with Franklin Covey as well as the editor of his book. The principles are esoteric. I have never seen a leader or an organization actually apply the rules. Ever! Even Franklin Covey had to bring in an outsider to run their company after the merger considering the in fighting. Purchasing a book or attending workshops are somewhat okay. When it really comes down to it, leaders don’t care. I note the following quote from Gallup CEO and President:

Why employee engagement fails

Having worked with Franklin Covey, their editor and other top firms at the end of the day the companies are the same.

Which embitter me. The message below as noted by Kelly Spor’s is timely. However, life is in the living. Covey’s principles were theoretical practiced on students. They are laudatory. Nevertheless, prejudices remain, protective silos are nurtured and leadership skills touted at work are acutely misapplied at home.

“Keep the message alive. The popularity of his book helped convince Covey that many people yearned for such information but needed help incorporating the principles into their lives and work. He expanded on the principles in his book by creating new training programs around them. Today, many people buy the book as part of their leadership training. As part of the 25th anniversary, Franklin Covey has introduced a smartphone app called Living the 7 Habits for iOS and Android and introduced an updated (“4.0”) version of its training program for organizations and individuals.

Craft universal lessons. By the late 1990s, the book was being published all over the world and today “it’s just as popular in China, Puerto Rico and Brazil as it is in the [United States,]” Sean Covey says.

The seven key principles are so enduring, Covey says, because they are timeless and universal.”

Read full article via 7 Reasons ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ Lives on 25 Years Later | Entrepreneur.com.

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