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


  • Handout/Posted for SLY (St. Luke Youth), High School, May 4, 11, 18, 2014, by Peter J. Jessen
  • Handout/Posted for St. Luke adult class, May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 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!"
  • Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) called Luther’s “Here I stand” statement at the Diet of Worms, “The greatest moment in the modern history of man.”
    Considered in a ranking one of the 3 most influential of the 2nd millennium, CE:  Newton, Guttenberg, Luther.
    Luther was a contemporary of Michaelangelo, Copernicus, and Columbus. Historians acknowledge that hse is one of the ke figures in world history, eg., ranked #25 in The 100:  A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In History).
  • 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.
  • Ben Padrow: “You cannot not communicate.” (First chapter in You Can Talk to (Almost) Anyone about (Almost) Anything: A Speaking Guide for Business and Professional People. By Elaine Cogan and Ben Padrow.  Behavior is Communication.
  • Peter Berger: sociologist; Ph.D.; Lutheran, a "godder," one of world's most respected sociologists;Berger's books include:
  • 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 10 Contemporary 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
    • “The continuum of occurrence, man’s experience thereof and human reports of the experience are three quite different phenomena.”
  • Mary Pipher:  Tools, Activities, and Ceremonies for Implementing the Healing Wisdom of Mary Pipher from Resource Book of Community Initiatives:  Rebuilding Our Families and Communities Symposium, featuring Mary Pipher, Lewis and Clark College, September 12 and 13, 1997, pp. 63-66.

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