The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was an easy second choice for our virtual book club (The VBC). Both Tiffany and I have been told by friends, family and co-workers that it is a must read. So, we took their advice and here’s what we thought.
Overall Pop Rating (1 to 5 stars, more stars the better we thought it popped!)
B: 4.25. I think I am in the right place in my life to have read this book for the first time. Many of his messages resonated with me, and have inspired me to take different approaches to certain current situations, as well as make some changes I am honestly excited to make. There is so much wisdom in these pages I think I spent just as much time underlying as I did reading. This won’t be my last time reading this book.
T: 3.5. There were some concepts that really struck me in this book that I even highlighted and took notes on! I love that it puts the responsibility on you to have a happy and successful life. I only rated it a 3.5 though because I felt it was too dense and a bit too “textbook” for my liking. You have to really commit to getting through this one.
Why were you drawn to read this book?
B: Various people have mentioned it to me over the years, including my mom and Tiffany. This just seemed like the perfect time to read it.
T: I had heard about it multiple times, including from one of my favorite people online, Jess Lively. With taking on a ton at work this year, I am even more interested in how to be more “effective” for both work and life in general so this was right up my alley.
What is one thing that you will take away from this book?
B: One thing?!? It is so hard for me to choose! But since I must, it would be the way he discusses the balance between P/PC, where “P stands for the production of desired results”… and “PC stands for production capability, the ability or asset that produces”. Throughout the book there are various examples of how to ensure the balance is maintained, and perhaps the one that hit home is around employees/co-workers. As a manager I am constantly thinking of ways to support and promote my team, and keeping this balance in mind will help me where I have fallen short in the past.
T: The one quote from the book that I’ve been thinking about over and over since I read it is “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” For me, it was an Oprah aha! moment. I want to make sure I am in control and doing things that actually matter not just managing well what is put in front of me. And, I’m cheating since it’s supposed to be one thing, but I also liked this quote on daily planning/scheduling, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” The idea is that your schedule shouldn’t run you. You should be running your schedule and making sure you have time for the really important stuff. If you let your schedule get filled up with other people’s meetings, you are letting your schedule run you and not the other way around.
Who would you recommend this book to?
B: Someone who is interested in diving deeper into self exploration. The book requires an open mind so that you can hear a different point of view, and assess if it is right for you. I’d also recommend it for any manager or anyone who thinks they want to manage others.
T: I would recommend it to someone who is really serious about making changes to your perspective and how you get things done. This isn’t a breeze to read and will take some real work to follow the “Habits” so I’d recommend it to anyone who is really ready to tackle these things.
B: P.S. My husband had an interesting take on the book when he read it that I wanted to share. He feels that anyone type A will love it, but that anyone type B will enjoy it but feel that some of the habits aren’t possible for them. He says type B people need their own book, but that no one type B will write it, because they are type B. Anyone else type B out there that would agree or disagree?
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