Dr. Stephen Covey, famous author and leadership guru, died last month of complications from a fall he took off his bicycle.  At age 79, he was still continuously pushing the limits of how far he could go in all dimensions of his life.  To say he shall be truly missed is a massive understatement.

I first became familiar with Covey upon hearing of his classic 1989 book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Shortly after its release, I put it at the top of my reading list and absolutely devoured the tome.  The book was a powerful contributor to my philosophy of life and work—as it has been for many.

If you have never read the book, I cannot recommend it highly enough.  Regardless of your current philosophy of life and leadership, you will come away with new and refined insights about your life, how you relate to people, and how you can be more successful.

I will use the next seven days’ blog posts to devote one day to each habit.  I relish the opportunity to revisit and reflect upon such rich material.  For my readers, I can only apologize in advance that my treatment will not do justice to such a sage as Covey.  Nevertheless, I trust that everyone will be enriched in some way.

And even more important, for those who have never read the book, perhaps now is the best time to do so.  You won’t regret it!

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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