Recognized as one of Time magazine's twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than twenty-five million copies in thirty-eight languages, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, a leading global training firm.
In his latest book, Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) presents a novel approach to conflict resolution. Essentially, he proposes a method of debate wherein nobody loses and everybody wins. The author calls this synergy and illustrates its process in a number of fields including business, the family, and politics. He offers a new paradigm, positioning an adversary as merely someone with whom to build a new reality. Although this is not a book that can be skimmed, it should be shared and discussed. Covey may at times seem idealistic, but his basic tenets of finding a "meeting place" are sound and worth consideration. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.