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.
© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is by now one of the best-selling books of all time." (Fortune)
This book is definitely one that everyone should be exposed to. it holds timeless, seamless, and dumbfoundingly useful and appropriate information. The only issue is, Dr. Covey really needs an editor... You'll often find the recording going back over old content as the book dredges it back up for no obvious reason. The entity of this book should probably be compressed to, well, seven chapters. But, somehow there are 106!!! Please, learn the content of this book, just, you may be better off with a summary video on YouTube...
Have found audiobooks to be a great way to pass time during long car road trips for work, and Audible makes it easy.
I definitely would. Full of practical insight and motivation. I loved the discussion on the character ethic versus the personality ethic. It makes so much sense.
I enjoyed the stories he related about his kids.
I think the character ethic versus the personality ethic really changes how one views their relationships, media, and time.
I will likely listen to this one again. Very helpful and thought provoking. One of better reads I've listened to.
This was written a long time ago now. I've relistened to it this summer. It is too long and it is definitely dated for today's readers. Great content, but needs revision.
Stephen's son, Sean, wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens much more recently and updated it a year or two ago. It is far better in that it is concise, explains the concepts clearly, and does not take forever and a day to get through. I've used the Teen book with over 1,000 teens in high school and am now using his 7 Habits for Happy Kids with 3rd graders. I'm using a combo of Kids and Teens since Kids by itself is not nearly in depth enough. I'm able to use most of the Teens book, just skipping the parts about dating and sex. Otherwise, most of the examples and explanations work for them as well as teens and adults.
Stephen's book is the beginning. But, it is far too long, does too much repetition. Sean should re-edit it for today's audiences.
Do yourself a big favor and get the Teen's book and its companion workbook. I love long audiobooks, but not ones that are repetitious. Great concepts that we should all be using every day of our lives. Teens tells it more for today's audiences of most ages.
A powerful read. No gimmicks or cheap tricks, no false promises. A practical and meaningful text, written well and full of rich material. Will be reading a second or third time (maybe more)!
This book is powerful. and yes it is a long book, but listen to it step by step.. keep it on hand for reference and listen to the habits again and again and understand them..
I think this book will hit home with any one and everyone, it has very good real life examples.
"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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