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)
I had read the book many years ago and I recently heard that there was an audiobook read by the Author. It was a great experience to listed to this powerfull ideas again. It also gave me energy to continue in my personal growth journey. I amlo loved the fact that it is the full book and not just a summary. Now I see that the best way to "read" a book is when it is being read by the author himself.
I never wrote a review before, but in this case, I want to. Anyone that is considering reading this book, I cannot stress enough how much I would recommend that you do. It's so insightful, and helps shed light on my personal blind spots that I have made it my goal to truly take ownership of Mr. Covey's ideas and incorporate them into my life because I believe in what he is saying. I have already done so in small ways and I've ALREADY noticed huge gains in my effectiveness, and I haven't even memorized much of the book yet. Check it out!
This book is generally acknowledged as a classic, and I'd been meaning to read it for years. Boy, was I disappointed. I suspect it doesn't lend itself well to audiobook format. The introduction seemed to go on forever- it felt like it had been three hours before we got to Habit 1. After that, I just couldn't figure out where I was in the book at any given time- it always felt rambling and disjointed. There are some valuable core concepts in here, but I plan to get them by looking at a summary on-line rather than trying to relisten to this.
The book was particularly ill-served by the audio. I didn't enjoy Stephen R. Covey's voice. Listening to him felt like listening to an elderly relative- you keep politely looking for opportunities to end the conversation, and he just keeps on reminiscing. He also had some very grating pronunciations; I'm not sure if they're old-fashioned or just wrong, but every time he said "manipulative" or "progressing" or even "guru" the emphasis was painfully on the wrong syllable. At one point, I think he said "idealistic" instead of "ideal" and it changed the whole meaning of the sentence. On top of that, the "chapter transition musical interludes" were just bizarre. The first few times I heard them, I thought "That music guy must have trouble getting work now."
On the whole, I was super-relieved to finish this book. If they come out with an abridged version read by someone with a stronger voice, I might give it a shot, but I doubt it.
While the author's narration leaves something to be desired, his messages are universal and extremely helpful in every day life. I listened to this book 6 months ago and since then, things just seem better. Listen, be happy.
DEFINITELY! For me, the audio version gave me an entirely new look at a book that has been on my shelf for years. It sent me back to the hard copy book to harvest new insights from concepts I only THOUGHT I fully understood.
This book has stories in it, but it is non-fiction. The question I'm answering here is: What did you best like about this audiobook?
In addition to my other comments, I LOVE the fact that the audiobook has indexing for virtually every "New Heading" (as Covey calls the bold headings within chapters). Many of the books I listen to from Audible are indexed at a chapter or 2-chapter level. This might be OK for a novel. But, not for a technical, managerial, or teaching type of book. I love to be able to quickly find some exciting idea in the hard copy book.
As far as the actual content, I love the stuff in Part Two. So few business people understand leadership and leaders. Books try to teach people how to be leaders and innovators. Maybe leadership can be learned from a book. But, from the experience of my own career, I know it's better to have in in your DNA, and then learn by living it in your life.
I'm retired from Lockheed Martin. I worked for Martin Marietta through the 1980s, left in the 1990s to be a part of the Internet revolution, and went back to Lockheed Martin when the stock market tanked in the early 2000s. I was saddened to find that the Company gave people who were managers the title of "Leader". Covey really explains the difference well.
Managers can efficiently direct teams chopping through a jungle. But, only a leader can see that they are in the "wrong jungle".
It is not a popular position to be in when you identify problems, not even if you have a workable plan to get on the right track! To me a book like this is very important because it has been accepted for years by managers. Quite likely, they skimmed over much of Part Two, or they just did not comprehend it because their mind-set and paradigms blinded them to it.
But, now that I've listened to the book on Audible, I see things I did not even recognize while reading it.
So, now I have a well accepted book I can use to help managers I encounter understand the value of leaders and how to work in synergy with them! Where managers usually try to squelch leaders (who have the courage to speak up), or fire them, or at best, ignore them and hope they will go away.
When the actual author reads his creation, I prefer it. I might even put up with a less than "professional" reading style to be able to pick up on the author's own enthusiasm, understanding, and "spirit", flowing from his personal intonations in reading his creation. This is especially evident with Stephen Covey. He's a great speaker and teacher.
About 2 hours into part1 of the audio, I was blown away! Covey is reading from the last chapter of the book: Inside-Out Again.
I must admit that I have not truly learned "self control". I've been realizing this more acutely recently. In fact, I also have listened to (and recommend) "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. See: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B006T4APLU&qid=1362685785&sr=1-1 to find the audiobook.
On page 310 of the hard copy of the 7 Habits book, Covey speaks of something he found in a book in a college library. He says: "It basically contained the simple idea that THERE IS A GAP OR A SPACE BETWEEN STIMULUS AND RESPONSE, AND THAT THE KEY TO BOTH OUR GROWTH AND HAPPINESS IS HOW WE USE THAT SPACE." Covey goes on to say this hit him "like an inward revolution". ... "It was like I had become an observer of my own participation. I began to stand in the gap and look outside the stimuli. I reveled in the inward sense of FREEDOM TO CHOOSE MY RESPONSE - even to become the stimulus, or at least to influence it - EVEN TO REVERSE IT." (Emphasis mine).
Later on page 317 Covey states: "Change - real change - comes from the inside out." Then he quotes Amiel: "... So long as we are able to distinguish any space whatever between Truth and us we remain outside it. The thought, the feeling, the desire or the consciousness of life may not be quite life. To become divine is then the aim of life. Then only can truth be said to be ours beyond the possibility of loss. It is no longer outside us, nor in a sense even in us, but we ARE it, and it IS we." (End of quote from Amiel. Emphasis mine).
Covey continues: "Achieving unity - oneness - with ourselves, with our loved ones, with our friends and working associates, is the highest and best and MOST DELICIOUS FRUIT OF THE SEVEN HABITS." (Emphasis mine).
I highly recommend the audio version of The 7 habits of Highly Effective People to everyone, especially those who have read it before.
I must confess that I used to just think it was a good Management book, where now I realize that it's a GREAT BOOK on being a Leader and how to work with managers. Since the latter are in the majority (vs. leaders), and with the economy currently in a MAJOR slump, managers and leaders (like the cowboys & ranchers) should be friends. Or maybe even operate in SYNERGISTIC UNITY! (Emphasis mine).
I have no doubt the content of this book is valuable, and I'll be finishing it in hard copy. The author-reader's delivery was just awful and, for my own sanity, I had to stop listening. Simple words were mispronounced (i.e., "picture" was spoken as "pitcher"). Cadence was choppy. Intonation was flat. But the last straw was the author-reader's announcement of "New Heading" at every transition. Even now, I cringe thinking about it. A more skilled reader would have been able to make those transitions without offering the listener a roadmap.
Mom, Science Teacher, Kid at Heart. My 52 mile drive to work gives me time to finally stretch my brain. Audible has been a wonderful treat! Thanks Bob!
If you know a graduate- gift wrap this book. If you know anyone in their 20's- this book is a MUST read. I came upon it in my 30's when our principal introduced "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids" to our school. I've now read it three times and I continue to learn new lessons. This book is a beautiful way to center yourself and hone in on what your want to stand for-your mission in life. Like a good parent, Stephen Covey coaches you to be your best self. If every child and adult practiced the habits in this book the world would be a better place.
This is the bible on effectiveness. Easy read. It was an opportunity for reflection on the quality of interactions with other people and the hurdles to attaining the desired outcome.
Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read
I sure wish Steven Covey would have written a book detailing how the 7 habits are used with the Franklin Covey planner. I have been using the planner system for 14 years now and would love a refresher course. This book is the foundation of personal organization.
Everything that says in this book, make sense. I just dont understand why I act in the other way must of the time. I recommend this book to everybody, it is a mine of knowledge, it will help you in your professional and must important in your personal life.
One of my most profound 'reads' ever and I love reading and have read many of this nature. I wish I had 'read' it years earlier.
"Great book worth a look"
Great audio book. conceptualised the habits very well and made it easy to resonate to daily life
"Don't believe the hype"
Overall I am sure this book is good for some people and the fact that it has been in the best sellers list for a long time is either emperor's new clothes effect or that is does work for some people. However for me it simply irritated, whether it was the narration, the constant references to a "higher power" or simply the process that the book uses to get between sections of playing inane musak. All of this meant that whatever messages i was supposed to take away were lost
More business books but nothing like this one.
dull dire boring
I hope not!!!
"Essential reading, but the pace may frustrate you"
The 7 Habits seem obvious when they're spelled out to you but, as tends to happen so much these days, the clutter of modern life gets in the way of what you know you should be doing and leaves you with just enough time to manage what absolutely must be done. There's no time for reflection or any of the mindfulness we hear about. Forming habits takes time. Repetition and time.The repetition and slow pace of this audiobook is much criticized, but for me, this is exactly what's required for a meditative tome to work. The narrator is the author, which always improves delivery of any text, to my mind. He knows the subject intimately and delivers his message clearly and faultlessly, allowing you to work, drive or simply relax, without needing to give it your full attention. You won't miss anything because key points are reiterated, elaborated on and, yes, repeated so a full understanding gently assimilates in your subconscious, as if you knew the 7 Habits all along.I'm going to listen to this book several times, and I recommend you do too. It's well worth your time, if not your full concentration, because the potential upside to making even 1 of the 7 Habits stick could be life-changing. And who doesn't wish for that?
The author has a slight lisp, which is endearing but thankfully not distracting. I find his delivery is as lively as you'd want it to be; erudite and authoritative, warm and friendly. And American, of course.
"Excellent audio book
Personally I listen several times to this book and every time I 'm Learning some things new. Dr Covy is one of best speaker in world.
"For me I think I would have preferred the book."
Very good content, would have just preferred the book version as I like to be able to easily go back over ideas once I've read them.
good book though,. p.s. if you don't like his voice just speed it up a little can make things sound more evenly paced.
slow, painful, monotone narration. This book failed to engage me and the first few chapters didn't teach me anything new. from there I have really struggled to listen much further. There are better books out there. If you are looking for some good sound advice to help you become more successful then try Dale Carnegie's How to win friends and influence people. that will give you more useful information. this book however, is a big let down from the short Youtube clips available out there for this title which are free and cover the subject in 5 minutes.
"Great book takes self development to next level"
Steven Covey covers each principle really well and ties it all into the idea of personal and public effectiveness leading to mastery (greatness).
"Quantum leap forward in my awareness"
I believe deeply that my life will be profoundly changed by the insight from this book.
Having it being read be the author (as in other books) is a great bonus.
"Generally very good"
I had read a number of mixed reviews before purchasing this audio book and am glad I decided to buy it.
As noted in other reviews, it does touch on religion a little much for a book on effectiveness however do not let that put you off.
It is in some ways a little long winded and could have been condensed however the topics covered are very interesting.
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