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Monday, July 28, 2008

Your mission is...
Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
By Stephen R. Covey


Listed on the Old Sudbury Bookstore Psychology Page website Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Po... by Stephen R. Covey

This is a serious work and I believe now that this book will definitely bring the reader on a journey of self discovery. Some of the methods and lessons will not be easy ones indeed! I particularly like the idea of creating a mission statement. Stephen Covey obviously has a lot of experience in this area. From anecdotes about successful companies such as hotels and information technology corporations to personal stories of interactions with family, friends, and co-workers Covey seems to have all bases covered!

Very fascinating in terms of comparing importance of a task and urgency of a task. The most important quadrant is important/not-urgent. This is the quadrant that includes preventative maintenance, spending time with family, exercising, taking care of health and cleaning your office or home. These are the tasks that will provide the most dividends in the future and reduce the urgent/important task list. The urgent/important tasks seem to take care of themselves. An example is when a emergency comes up and the workspace is clean and well organized the emergency can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. -sak
9:55 am edt 

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A self help guide extraordinaire!
Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
By Stephen R. Covey


Listed on the Old Sudbury Bookstore Psychology Page website Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People: Po... by Stephen R. Covey

So far this book has left me with an optimistic but not an unrealistic impression. Stephen Covey obviously did his homework and knows the area of self help literature cold. Apparently he researched literally hundreds of years of self help guides and teachings for his Ph.D. thesis and has taken his work and adapted it to a sort of best of guide to self improvement. He pulls no punches in this book and is very much "in your face" with all the hard work that needs to be done. This book does not promise an instant fix for all problems and the author admits to knowing the methods however he still finds it a struggle sometimes to stick to them. The book does seem very worthwhile especially when you realize all the research and multiple sources it draws from. There was even an endorsement from Marie Osmond in the foreword. -sak
3:33 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Well here we evolve again!

The new streamlined look for our web page is starting to fall across the sub-pages. The extra links and information for each category will be on a separate page leaving the main category pages uncluttered and easier to get book listings at a glance. The Old Sudbury Bookstore is also exploring the possibility of having a second affiliate section with Amazon.com. Once the Amazon.ca seems to be complete this other avenue will be explored. It is an exciting world we live in and it is sure a privilege to be able to be a part of it. -sak

4:09 pm edt 


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