Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years.
This audio edition is the first ever unabridged recording of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
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"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)
Too religious? Irrational? Morality? What book are these people reading?
Does the author mention religion? Yes. He clearly states that he believes in God. That takes up approximately 2 sentences in the entire book (though he says a little more in the afterword). He also mentions that all enduring religions AS WELL AS all enduring philosophical systems agree on certain principles of human maturity and interaction, and those are the principles he bases the book on. But is The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg religious, or even spiritual? Because that's by far the primary principle in the book.
Now, I guess you could say some parts talk about morality, but not in the sense of "you must love your neighbor" or whatever. And yes, the part about being honest could be seen as morality, but considering the whole point is that honesty is a requirement for having people trust you, it strikes me that many of these negative reviews may be written by people who wanted a quick fix, a set of numerical steps on how to be successful.
But that is not what this book is about. The point of this book is that you will never be content in your life if you are looking for contentment OUTSIDE OF your life. It all has to come from within -- that is, your character, who you are. There's nothing moral about that. There's nothing religious about that. But there's also nothing easy about it. This book is work. Lifelong work. And a lot of people simply are not ready for the implications. The first time I read it I didn't realize how far away from the objective I was. But as I've grown and reread the book, I've discovered how deep it goes.
Of course, none of this is scientific. None of it is rational. That isn't the point. We aren't solving sudoku or splitting atoms. We are dealing with human emotions, and there's nothing rational about emotions. But there can be a solid approach to controlling our lives, and that's what this book is all about.
I just wish they'd hired a professional to read it.
The release of this first unabridged audio edition of "The 7 Habits" could not have happened at a better (or worse) time.
The time-honored principles so marvelously organized by Dr. Covey cover every faith and philosophy, where principle-centered treatment of and respect for all people are at their very core.
Every person who is a manager or leader should read (listen to) this book. The book's original subtitle, "Restoring the character ethic," is the best way to overcome the problems that have happened in recent years with accounting scandals and other violations of trust that companies and other organizations have inflicted upon their stakeholders.
1) All of Dr. Covey's subsequent books that go into greater depth about each one of the seven habits.
2) Dr. Covey's long-awaited follow-up to this work, "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," which adds a higher dimension to effectiveness, as he mentions in the updated afterword of this edition of "The 7 Habits".
I will admit this audiobook can be a little dry in spots but I must encourage anyone who reads it to practice the principled habits and see how it changes your life. Spend a month practicing each habit and you will see your leadership skills develop. Covey is a bit different from other self development authors because he leaves more to the imagination between the principles and how you choose to practice them. It can make the book more challenging to get through but if you stay on course, it's very rewarding. And I must recommend reviewing the book and chapters with a friend, spouse, or coworker. It can create a very encouraging environment. If you do find yourself stuck between the principles and practices, read Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"; A fantastic book which lists many methods based on the axioms Covey talks about in this book. I hope this review helps.
Generally a good book, but contains too much fluff. Could have been a lot more leaner, while still providing the same values. A great book to hear though.
I love this book. Steven Covey does a great job at identifying what is important in life and also does a wonderful job at showing the reader how to aply the habits to thier own life. Great book! A must Read!
What a great book. I've enjoyed listening to Dr. Covey speak. It's almost like we developed a friendship. I'm quoting him all of the time. This book is incredible... now if only I can live up to this standard!
I have listened to this one over a dozen times and can't get enough. The material is easy to understand but so challenging that you must listen several times to even start to take it all it. Dr. Covey's book has helped me double my income in 18 months and has helped me improve my marriage tremendously with habit 5. By far the best program I have ever listened too!
Dr Covey is a man of character and demonstrates that in his book. I read this book several years ago and loaned it to someone but never got it back. I've been traveling a lot lately and decided to download this to listen to while traveling and really enjoyed the refresher. Key points that really hit home around Win-Win or Walk Away resonated with me again and the key points to business and personal relationships really renewed my perspectives.
I would have preferred this book not be so long, 11 hours is a bit much and possibly could have been condensed but I'd be afraid it would lose its impact. Regardless, great book but misses 5 stars for me for length.
If you are looking for a simple, linear formula to fast success, this is not your book. However, if you are convinced that sustainable success cannot be realized through a singularly direct approach, this book can provide the necessary foundation. The religious references do not suggest that God is the key to success. They are provided as examples for developing a solid internal foundation on the road to external success.
I would advise to buy the book...this version was hard to follow and not very good. I was disinterested and bored fast...although the paper version is excellent the audio version gets a low rating.
"The message is simple"
Like others on here I initially found the voice monotone and dry with none of the usual punch and uplift found in other personal improvement readings. But on reflection I think that this bland style works better in the long run. It allows you to listen, really listen to what he is saying rather than be short term uplifted. A long book taken at what seems a leisurely pace but I do not think it could have been shortened and still get the message across. This is a casserole not a microwave meal.
I'd known about this book for a long time and it was always on my list of books to read (listen to). I found the 7 habits fascinating. The age of the book does come across and it is a little preachy but Stephen Covey's research, conclusions and insights are staggering in their depth. Although you come away feeling that a lot of what he says is common sense, the vast majority of people, including myself, would never think in those terms. Stephen unravels what it is to be human and how to make the most of that gift. I can't believe anyone listening could fail to benefit hugely from the experience.
"7 Habits, constructive change not quick-fix"
I took the time to listen to the unabridged version. Audible could do with reviewing the encoding but other than that the book was excellent.
This book is required reading for managers in the 21st century as is the 8th habit. This was an easy listen (even the unabridged version) and Stephen Covey is a great narrator. I'd recommend this book to all.
i thought this was interesting and useful book. The behaviours (habits) make alot of sense
It is a tad preachy at the end. If your in a toss up between this and how to win friends and influence people i think the later is better
"Get over the hangup - does NOT push religion"
There are a few reviewers who have written off the book because the author happens to merely mention - in one sentence in the prologue - that he is a Christian. Surely the problem is no more than if he had mentioned being an atheist? - Anyway it is irrelevant to the content of the book and has no bearing on the concept, which is well researched and solid. The author has presented to boards of directors of major international companies and organisations and they wouldn't buy into crap and this is in no way wishy-washy or spiritual, the principles are well set out and argued.
I let the voice - which some may find jarring - pass over me and listened to the content which was what I bought it for after all.
Very insightful and well organised.
As an open minded individual - as far as one may be - why are so many people so touchy as to junk an entire book that is well reviewed by many business leaders and thinkers (and others) simply because an author mentions that he/she has a belief system? Very odd methinks...perhaps there may be something in it. Must look deeper myself perhaps - shall look in the relevant Audible category for a scholarly work without a strong agenda in either direction methinks! - Any suggestions anyone?
If you have not yet read this book then you really should. It has been very influential and contains a wealth of ideas. If you only read one personal development book it should be this one. The audio book is well read by the author and is easy to follow and quite entertaining.
"Helped me focus on who I am"
brilliant book.Layed out principles that are common for all people and essential for success. it helped me to re-focus on what is important for me in life and how to reprioritise my life around my principals.
A must listen for anyone and everyone
You can now have your cake and eat it. Having read a lot of management books, this is the one that will change your outlook on family and work. You will learn over time to do things differently and take control of those aspects of your life that at the moment might be controlling you.
The book is very readable and listening to Stephen Covey is even better.
"A great listen"
A very empowering book with lots of easy to do, useful ideas for leading a happier, more fulfilling life. Well worth a listen.
"Good concept, shouldn't be read by the author..."
While the concept of the book is a good one, and some of the concepts are good, the author reading it was a TERRIBLE idea - he might come up with good ideas for people, but he just is a dreadful narrator
Add to this the fact that there are points where it comes across as a bit too "you have to be part of the church to be truly successful", which for non-Christians might put them off, even at the end he states that the church is a HUGE influence on his life, and when he talks about "spirituality" it's clear that he's talking about a "relationship with god"
This book could do without several things:
1) the author being the narrator
2) the preaching
3) the number of examples which just ramble and take away from the flow of information
The way I look at this is that if you're looking for some ideas, and you're in the church, then it's great, but if you're not Christian, or not that religious, then a good chunk of this book will just annoy you, especially the ones that feel like "his life is so wonderful because of god"
What makes the preaching extra ridiculous is that the most successful business men (e.g. Bill Gates) are atheists, and thus god and the church are completely irrelevant to actually being highly effective, unless you consider one of the richest men in the world not effective!
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