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Book Review: The Wisdom and Teachings of Steve R. Covey

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The Wisdom and Teachings of Steve R.  Covey is a compendium of wisdom drawn from the author’s experience. The information provided is very applicable to everyday living.

For instance, Covey outlines his ideas about the important things that must be in place in order to have a reasonably successful life. These things include accountability, balance, trust, choice, courage, effectiveness, honesty, the openness to learn, potential, empathy and leadership.

The author spends quite a bit of time stressing the need to have strong discipline in order to succeed. In fact, he explains how disciplined people are free. This is true because disciplined people know how to spend prudently, set boundaries with other people and get the highest priority things done first or done at all.

The author explains how some of these important traits can and should be developed early. For instance, giving small children chores to do instills accountability and personal responsibility early in life. Trust is a condition precedent to communicating easily with people. Courage provides the backbone to take calculated risks because perfect safety can lead to nowhere.

Covey ranks honesty as an important characteristic because pretense is hell. Empathy is another important trait because it is a condition precedent to understanding the problems of other people with sufficient clarity to be of assistance.

The book explains the power of win-win scenarios over destructive sum zero conflicts and confrontations. The achievement of a win-win scenario will require deep empathy, cooperation and the attainment of trust so that the parties can work on achieving optimal paths for any course of action.

The Wisdom and Teachings of Steve R.  Covey is an important personal improvement book that can assist people in achieving their fullest potential while overcoming the classic stumbling blocks to accomplishing even the smallest of tasks.

The book is written simply and understandably for a large community of readers.

It functions as a memorial; the author passed away in July 2012.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.