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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey

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

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    Marty Taylorsville, KY, United States 12-11-11
    Marty Taylorsville, KY, United States 12-11-11
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    "What a resource to have!"
    What made the experience of listening to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People the most enjoyable?

    Stephen Covey and this book is highly motivational


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    All 7 habits.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book to listen to over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Noosa Heads, Australia 12-05-11
    Shane Noosa Heads, Australia 12-05-11
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    ""Paradigm" used way to much"
    Would you try another book from Stephen R. Covey and/or Stephen R. Covey?

    No.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A bit old fashioned. The key paradigms have all been heard before.


    What three words best describe Stephen R. Covey’s voice?

    American preacher.


    Was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People worth the listening time?

    Long winded.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 12-05-11
    Theresa 12-05-11

    I am a twenty-something Californian who works in the field of human services, particularly empowering youth who are blind and visually impaired to find their way on their path to adulthood.

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    "Interesting material, but hard to listen to."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed Stephen Covey's theories and techniques on living a great life. However, I found it tough to listen to him and keep up with all the ideas because they are at times complex.

    I believe this book to be much more enjoyable in text, where you can go back and re-read sections you need to understand more and use them as a reference. It is very difficult to refer back to a specific section when you're listening.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Mr. Covey's narration was nice, but could have been a bit more interesting or passionate. His ideas are amazing, so I wish the narration would've matched that. It's very hard to listen to words that feel


    Did The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People inspire you to do anything?

    No. Sometimes it inspired me to turn it off because it became a little to monotonous for audio listening.


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    Jennifer Bozeman, MT, United States 11-30-11
    Jennifer Bozeman, MT, United States 11-30-11
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    "Great Classic Book"

    You can't go wrong with this one people, Great book and very motivating as well.

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    Miroslaw Giby, Poland 11-08-11
    Miroslaw Giby, Poland 11-08-11 Member Since 2013

    I +1 Books.

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    "Life Changing Book. Read with 4-Hour Workweek."

    - Be Proactive. Live on purpose.
    - Begin with the mnd in mind. Think where you want to go, what you want to see.
    - Put first things first. You can be busy and do nothing.
    - Think Win-Win. The real win is when not only you win.
    - Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Listen. Learn to listen.
    - Synergize. Alone you can do nothing.
    - Sharpen the Saw. Invest in your skills.

    Rework is the best about business. 9 Steps by Stever is the best about Productivity. And 7 Habits is the BEST and the MOST PRACTICAL book about everything else. Period. Can’t wait to read/listen this book for the second, third time.

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    MArsany United States 10-31-11
    MArsany United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read"

    This book is quite enlightening. It also affirmed and clarified many thoughts I had in my mind. I listened to it twice, and I believe I will listen to it over and over.

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    Mark 10-20-11
    Mark 10-20-11
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    "Random notes"

    I enjoyed listening to Covey read his own book. Not too fast, not too slow and monotonous. I found myself jotting down random notes from the book as I listened. I will certainly listen to it again.

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    sean 10-04-11
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    "painful, but not without worth."

    Hard to get through at times when he reiterates simple concepts ad museum. Best listened to at double speed because narration is slow. It is not without worth, but time invested makes it low on value. Long slow read to get a few good parts that really resonate. Paper version would be better so that it is easyier to skip thru and make notes.

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    "unknown" BRONX, NY, United States 09-25-11
    "unknown" BRONX, NY, United States 09-25-11
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    "life impacting"

    A truly valuable tool, not merely a book, that can potentiallty transform your life into a truly effective interdependent member of society. It provided great analogies, visualization techniques, application tools, and real world translatability. I hear it every night to remind myself constantly the actions I must take daily to become and remain highly effective.

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    Waters Laguna Beach, CA, United States 09-15-11
    Waters Laguna Beach, CA, United States 09-15-11
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    This book has helped me in more areas of my life than I imagined it could have. I would highly recommend it. It is an added bonus that Mr. Covey narrates it himself.

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  • 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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    23 of 25 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?

    11 of 12 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
  • 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.

    10 of 11 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 30 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
  • Richard
    chipnallUnited Kingdom
    3/10/11
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    "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.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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