As part of our Cool Injected Business series, we’re sharing a few of our favorite leadership, technology marketing and customer service books that can help add horsepower to your business. This week’s book is “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.

For my book selection, I chose 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Steven R. Covey.

From the book description:

“In Stephen R. Covey’s seminal work The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach revolutionized the way people solve personal and professional problems and go on to lead extraordinary lives. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey revealed a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

The 7 Habits—Be Proactive; Begin with the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win/Win; Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood; Synergize; and Sharpen the Saw—are so famous and have been integrated into everyday thinking by millions and millions of people for one reason: They work. Covey offers life-changing advice on everything from leadership, time management, and teamwork to success, love, and taking control of your life. In taking his advice, you’ll discover how the priceless wisdom of the 7 Habits still holds true after twenty-five years.”

In addition to the valuable, time-tested principles of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I believe there are three reasons why this book can benefit dealership owners and operators:

  • Memorable key points: By focusing on the seven key habits Dr. Covey found to be crucial for success, dealers continuously encounter situations where one or more of the habits can enhance their approach to it. Once you integrate these habits into your business and personal life, they are impossible to forget and become a facet of everyday life.
  • Value in both professional and personal life: A successful professional life relies on a fulfilling personal life, and many skills complement both parts. I have found that applying these seven principles toward developing relationships with our customers help to create effective solutions that benefit everyone, especially when approaching a challenge.
  • Easy to articulate and provide training. In a business context, the book allows me to easily create a framework where my team can communicate their goals and objectives. Applying these principles to your inner team’s training will give them efficient steps to achieving goals.

If you’re interested in reading this book and adding smart habits to your business, we’re giving away a copy! Enter your information below to enter. A winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday, May 3, 2013.

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