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 have listened to this book multiple times. I gave it to each of my children for christmas. I have encouraged my co-workers and even the chaplain to not only read it but start a study group using it as a base. The information contained is not 100 percent perfect as there are terms that seemed to disagree with what I understood them to mean but they are infrequent.
The principles he chanpions and the methods suggested are right on the money!
I suggest you also get the paperback version as it is cheap and you will want to make notes.
The author does an exceptional job of reading his matereial. The listener can feel the emotion and emphasis the author intended as he not only reads the book but adjusts things enough so that you can visualize the diagrams as he reads.
It is so much more interesting listening to it then it ever could possibly have been reading it.
Nothing wrong with the book or the habits but this audio book has a crucial flaw - its read by the author who just isn't up to the job in my humble opinion. A few other reviewers mention this also so you've been warned!
"Terrible pop psychology for Christians."
One of the most awful personal development books I've ever read (listened to), I'd give it zero stars but I don't think that's an option. I knew it was going to be bad as soon as he brought God into the equation; speaking as an Atheist I'm not looking to link my personal development with religious values or beliefs. This aside I think the book was supposed to be full of pithy insightful anecdotes that gave you those 'Aha' moments. You'll hear how the supply of golden eggs will dry up if you don't also maintain the goose, how you can't be a concert pianist without starting as a beginner and going through each stage of development and how your lawnmower will only last half as long if not properly maintained...Genius but what could he mean? Only goes to prove one of my long held views that book sales and popularity are no guarantee of quality. Big mistake buying this one; in future I shall continue to subscribe to the school of contrary public opinion. Buy at your peril or if in early developmental stages.
"Great book, insightful"
How strange. A writer who is a Christian who writes a book based around "fundamental principals" mentions his faith briefly (and is inclusive of other faiths and none). Those who dismiss this book on that fact alone have missed out. Their loss. Contrary to some others I like his narration as well. maybe it is because I am British, but I found it a measured and steady delivery for what is quite a long listen.
"Brilliant book, but a bit lengthy"
Some great ideas & concepts in this book, but far too long for my liking. Much prefer the abridged version. All of the ideas with less of the analogies.
Painfully slow for me!
"Crappy self-help book unbacked by evidence"
This is a seriously bad self-help book.
7 Habits of Highly Effective people. Who are the highly effective people? Where is the evidence that this helps at all?
It's also full of religious munbo-jumbo. At one point he says he prayed for his son with his wife to help with his son's issues. Really? Is that an habit of highly effective people? I doubt it.
This is the authors truly biased view of what the world should do with advice coming directly from a modern version of the people but disguised enough that's not 'in your face'.
Biased, poor and boring.
"A book to live by!"
I skim read this years ago when it was first released, thought it definitely had the right maxims for living effectively. Sadly, I had little time to go back and reread it. With my long commutes, it was great to revisit this unabridged version and really try to understand the essence of what Covey conveys. A great shame that he passed away last year as I would have liked to have met the man himself.
Well worth listening to several times.
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
Everyone to listen to this! most enlightening book and author.
"7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
In the first half hour I was surprised and disappointed the author matched ideal human principles to those of god, and described using faith and prayer to help him and his wife understand and maintain those principles.
I wanted sensible advice, not a lesson in spirituality. This discredited the author as a serious teacher for me.
I didn't see any warning of this in the synopsis, nor on wikipedia. This title should also be included in the spiritual and religion sections. Beware.
"If only Stephen hadn't read it!"
No doubt an excellent `book`, the Seven Habits are acclaimed in albeit every circle of management through to personal improvement program titles, the problem with this specific version is that it has been read by the author. Stephen?s voice is mind numbing to say the least; I keep finding myself so very easily distracted and simply unable to follow this one. The man?s tone is monotone and I find his pace constant and rather dry. Unlike most books I?ve listened to where the author self reads ? which often I think enhances, this is clearly the exception to the rule. Someone should have listened to this and said, it would be better read with some enthusiasm, tone and variance. For me no doubt the title itself is more than worth a read, and I probably will `read` it, but the book is only given a 2 out of 5 by myself given the production of it?s audio version.
Definitely the worst ever Audio book ever! Boring, badly read with a poor or non thesis throughout. He has no referential material to back up his claims that influential people use these habits. He only references his children. Oh it's so bad
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