Peter J. Jessen

"Goals Per Action" Success Consultant · · 9931 SW 61st Ave., Portland, OR 97219 · Tel: 503.977.3240 · Fax: 503.977.3239

Classes Based on Stephen Covey's, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Two class series — one for adults and one for teens — based on Stephen Covey and Sean Covey's books


For Adults

  • Handout for WHS Leadership Class, December 2 & 9, 1998, by Peter J. Jessen
  • Handout for St. Luke Confirmation Class, November 1999, by Peter J. Jessen
  • Handout/Posted for SLY (St. Luke Youth), High School, May 2014, by Peter J. Jessen
  • Handout/Posted for St. Luke adult class, May 2014, by Peter J. Jessen
List of "7 Habits" of Steven R. Covey from three books and my Success section
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (taken from his class notes in an MBA class he taught
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families; each chapter ends with a series of discussion questions for (a) adults, (b) sons and daughters, and (c) parents and children together
  • Covey’s son Sean's book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers
  • Single words in bold at far right are from my site: Success
Framework for the reading and the discussions
  • Thucydidies: 2,500 BCE: “It will be enough for me ... if these words of mine are judged useful by those who want to understand clearly the events which happened in the past and which (human nature being what is is) will, at some time or other and in much the same ways, be repeated in the future.”
  • Martin Luther: Diet of Worms, 1521: Historians have described Luther’s trial as the trial that led to the birth of the modern world, for, as Luther biographer Roland H. Bainton noted, "the past and the future were met." Luther said “conscience,” not Popes, Kings, or Councils. Thus, in Luther’s historic “here I stand” speech, he said, “Unless I am convicted of error by the testimony of Scripture or by manifest evidence...I cannot and will not retract, for we must never act contrary to our conscience....Here I stand. God help me! Amen!"
  • Hannah Arendt: Love each other, as admonished by both Jesus and the Buddha. Hannah Arendt says the human condition requires forgiving others, as words and deeds are irreversible, and keeping promises, as that keeps chaos at bay.
  • Carl Dahlstrom: Wrote theses including: Thesis #4: The American Young Will Have to Understand That Education is a Privilege; Thesis #5: The Modern Revolution Has Been in Progress For More Than 200 Years; Thesis #7: Without a moral consensus, a society will waver more or less disastrously between anarchy and despotism
  • Ben Padrow: “You cannot not communicate.”
  • Hans Rosling: Author of 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Statistics. To reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development, … using augmented reality animation: the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.
  • Peter Berger: Books include: Don’t break role, Pyramids of Sacrifice: Political Ethics and Social Change, Calculus of Pain, Calculus of Meaning, The Capitalist Revolution: Fifty Propositions About Prosperity, Equality, & Liberty, In Praise of Doubt:  How Have Convictions Without Becoming A Fanatic, Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore (In other words, in developing a “worldview,” it is important that it “…Be Able To Present Itself As A Middle Position Between Relativism [Anything Goes] And Fundamentalism (Only One Way To Go), Hold your convictions without becoming a fanatic. More from Berger.