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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change | [Stephen R. Covey]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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 forward and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant.
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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 forward 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.

© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey

What the Critics Say

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)

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    David Temecula, CA, USA 01-30-09
    David Temecula, CA, USA 01-30-09
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    "Hmmmmmmmmmm"

    I have heard so much about this book I felt the need to buy it. I converted the book into ELEVEN audio CD's. Hour after hour I kept waiting for "some meat". Finally, after the 8th CD, I had to quit listening. This work certainly could have been shaved down (by at least half) and cut all of the fluff. I'm not usually quick offer a negative review but I was put to sleep by this work. If you're looking for some inspiration or looking to download something in regards to self-improvement, I suggest downloading a Wayne Dyer lecture. You'll get much more bang for your buck.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Riverton, UT, USA 02-12-08
    Tara Riverton, UT, USA 02-12-08
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    "Too detailed and dry"

    I couldn't finish this book. It seemed to be so abstract that I couldn't get a concise understanding from his explanations.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Schoten, N/A, Belgium 12-10-06
    Sam Schoten, N/A, Belgium 12-10-06
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    "Surprisingly boring"

    The title and the author are well-known. What I know now as well is that it is such a boring book. I did not expect this. This was not inspiring at all for me. Maybe browse the paper copy and see if you like it before you torture yourself by listening to it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Houston, TX, USA 05-18-05
    Ben Houston, TX, USA 05-18-05
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    "Would rate it five stars except..."

    I read the book many years ago. I really enjoyed the audio presentation. This book is worth your time. The references to God are annoying, but there are not a lot of them. I would rate give it five stars if not for the religious references.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Emily San Francisco, CA, USA 04-07-05
    Emily San Francisco, CA, USA 04-07-05
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    "zzzzzzzzz..."

    The book might be a best-seller, but the audio presentation is mind-numbing. I tuned it out after 30 minutes. Unless you're on a lot of Ritalin, this will bore you to tears. Buy the book and skim it -- at least that way you won't be forced to hear all the boring anecdotes that support eaching sub-heading. On the other hand, if you're an insomniac, I think you've just found your cure to quick and deep sleep!

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    T. Clemens Phoenix, AZ 04-11-14
    T. Clemens Phoenix, AZ 04-11-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Save your money"
    What disappointed you about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    Not at all what I expected. Really nothing useful you don't already know.


    Has The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. If you wanna read about highly effective people get a book about Steve Jobs or Donald Trump.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None of them


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    Most of it. It was dry and rather boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said, save your money and get a book about Jobs or Trump or one by Robert Kiyosaki. You'll learn more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    corey United States 03-05-14
    corey United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor Information"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy their ignorance and not knowing how our culture effects the rest of the world and our children's future.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen R. Covey’s story?

    The examples and material was old and unsustainable from a socioeconomic perspective.


    What about Stephen R. Covey’s performance did you like?

    His voice and articulation was good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The reader did a good job of reading.


    Any additional comments?

    We must remember that our habits bleed into culture and our culture effects the future of our children. If we continue with many of the old practices and haphazard ways of looking at societal elements as not being connected to our overall life sustaining systems and culture we leave for our children then we are neglecting the most important understandings and applications that will allow our species to survive. We must adapt to what we find as sustainable if that is our objective, to continue living on this planet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Levi Gallatin, TN, United States 12-10-13
    Levi Gallatin, TN, United States 12-10-13
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    "shouldn't even be one star."
    What disappointed you about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    I paid for it and now I'm not able to download it. What a rip off!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Rochester MN 03-11-13
    Dan Rochester MN 03-11-13
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    "Can't believe how much he loves to talk."

    First of all, Audible sucks. The phone app (WP7) is really malware. Once you turn it on it drains the battery in a couple of hours even if you don't use it. I had to uninstall it and burn CDs instead. I listened a little more than one cd (the book is on 8 or so). He does have some very good ideas that get lost in a sea of talk-talk-talk. Having the book would be much better (as it's always the case) - you could skip the fluff and get the main ideas faster. I don't think I will ever listen to the whole book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arman Alexandria, VA, United States 09-15-12
    Arman Alexandria, VA, United States 09-15-12
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    "Good book"

    Principles in this book should be taught as part of the school curriculum for kids.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Triplecat
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    1/23/09
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    "Highly recommended."

    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.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    morpeth, northumberland, United Kingdom
    4/27/10
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    "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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
    8/2/07
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    "Life changing"

    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.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Leon
    Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    6/16/06
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    "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.

    65 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    waterlooville, hampshire, United Kingdom
    8/20/09
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    "good stuff"

    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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stair
    Northumberland, UK
    5/23/12
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    "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?

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Atif
    East ham, London, United Kingdom
    3/23/11
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    "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

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    5/17/13
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    SixmilecrossUnited Kingdom
    4/13/10
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    "Must Read"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • bookwormbadger
    Gloucestershire
    3/18/11
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    "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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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