68 pages 2 hours read

Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 1989

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Chapters 1-2

Reading Check

1. What term describes trying to solve a problem by modifying external behavior?

2. What term describes trying to solve a problem using internal virtues?

3. What does Covey call a change of perspective?

4. The author says that habit is the intersection of three qualities. What are they?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. How does the author define effectiveness?

2. The author divides the 7 habits into two groups. What does the second group represent?

Paired Resource

Moral Character

  • The introduction to this encyclopedia entry provides a short explanation of the meaning of moral character.
  • Connects to the theme of Growth Is a Process
  • After reviewing the definition of moral character, can you make any parallels to Covey’s insistence on the Character Ethic and its transformative potential?

Chapters 3-4

Reading Check

1. What is the first habit of highly effective people?

2. What group of people does the author contrast with proactive people?

3. What is the opposite of a Circle of Concern?

4. What is the second habit of highly effective people?