“What is ‘effectiveness’ in a family?” asks author Steven R. Covey. He promptly answers with four words: “a beautiful family culture.”
Here, Covey reinterprets each of his now famous “habits” (Habit 1: Be Proactive, Habit 4: Think Win-Win, Habit 6: Synergize) to apply to parenting and family-life issues.
Covey suggests writing a family mission statement, implementing special family times and “one-on-ones,” holding regular family meetings, and making the commitment to move from “me” to “we” as techniques to improve family effectiveness.
While his message is not new, it is written with sincerity and simplicity, and even the most career-driven individual should feel passionate about family after reading this book. Covey contends that all families get off track, mostly because they don’t know where the track is headed. The remedy: develop a sense of destination.
The chapters in this book build upon themselves and as they grow they develop the theme of families being worth the effort. As in Effective People, each chapter here explains the significance of one of the “habits,” illustrated by personal stories. Chapters conclude with practical suggestions for putting the habits into action.
Covey is a brilliant storyteller. By weaving the voices and anecdotes of his wife and children with his own inspirational and informative stories, exercises, and parables, he has created a book with something for all parents interested in enhancing the strength and beauty of their own families.
“At times hokey, at times virtuous, always thoughtful and enlightening, this book is recommended.”