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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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    Relatable1 06-16-06
    Relatable1 06-16-06

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    "A little let down."

    Maybe it doesn't quite live up to the hype anymore because it has been emulated so much. I find much of the advice here in the realm of common sense, or at least for me. Anyone who enjoys this book may be interested in learning more about Buddhist philosophy, as it is touched on here without being labeled as such. While it is interesting to hear concepts labeled in clever ways, I found some of the catch phrases, devices, and labeling a bit gimmicky. Overall, worth a read/listen. Also beware, not the most engaging narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eduarda Guelph, Ontario, Canada 08-17-08
    Eduarda Guelph, Ontario, Canada 08-17-08
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    "Too spiritual"

    If you're not religious and don't have (and don't want to have) kids, this book won't be for you. Lots of examples related to family, children and god. I found it too 'spiritual' for me. Anyway, in general the book has some good sections which can be applied to any sort of situation.

    36 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    James Chaoyang District, BeijingChina 11-16-08
    James Chaoyang District, BeijingChina 11-16-08
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    "very disappointing"

    I wish I had purchased the abridged version. Covey has a cloying, patronizing style and he takes ages to actually say anything. This seems to contradict the essence of a highly effective person. I could have read the book several times over in the time he took to get through the first part. Buried in all of this verbosity are some good points, but the chances are you'll be so bored you'll miss them. The audio version of this book is a major disappointment. Because he refers to diagrams and breaks the subject matter done into sub-sections, it may make better sense to read the book - skipping over the twaddle - in order to distill the parts that are of value.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Co.Donegal, N/A, Ireland 04-11-05
    Lawrence Co.Donegal, N/A, Ireland 04-11-05
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    "Snooze."

    I'm not saying that this isn't a good book or that the principals are flawed because they aren?t - in principal it is a good book but the presentation is mind numbingly boring and it is simply too long. After a whole six hours we had just got to habit 3 and I just couldn?t take another six hours. Having said this I?ll probably buy the abridged edition and try again.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Saju MumbaiIndia 08-07-08
    Saju MumbaiIndia 08-07-08
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    "Excellent book"

    One of the best book I have ever read.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Professor Sombrero 02-28-09
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    "Don't bother."

    I know this book is a classic and Stephen Covey is something of a leader in this field but he cannot read his own writing without putting the listener to sleep. And talk about slow. It took over 1 hour to explain the purpose of the book! A little background is helpful but I don't need a disertation on the difference between personality ethics and character ethics - or whatever he called them. I got the difference after the first 15 minutes or so. I listened to nearly the first two hours and couldn't tell you what any of the habits are. The only other book I've listened to that was worse was The Truth About Managing People.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nima Heydarian 02-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "It was ok"

    It was a good book. Interesting read. It just sounded too much reference to religion and God.

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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 03-01-09
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 03-01-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Unhelpful, insulting."

    I was expecting insight into how to organize my life better, as the title would suggest. This book was more of sermon on how you should live a moral life and consider that successful. Even then, I was willing to judge it by what it was, rather than what I wanted it to be.

    But still bad. The writer seems like a self-centered control freak who one day found religion and realized he was a self-centered control freak, and so he became a more virtuous, by his standards, type of self-centered control freak, dragging his family into his new vision of reality, and telling everyone else they should be like him, without realizing that most people were never as bad as he was in the first place.

    Those were my impressions. Others obviously felt differently. This is not a book to help you become more successful, it's more of a sermon on the life he thinks you should live, and that life revolves around God and a mythical vision of the past as simpler and more virtuous than the present. If you are a normal person who is pretty decent in the first place, and who values family over materialism and appearances, you are already a better person than he is talking to. That's why I felt insulted--he assumes the reader is bad, and if the reader doesn't become like him, the reader is dragging the rest of the world down.

    So I didn't like it. Others have. But be aware it's not a guide book to organizing life or gaining insights into achieving your goals. It's about changing your goals to his goals and being happy with that.

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    robert 09-02-15
    robert 09-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book to listen to, but you will want to read it many more times"

    I have heard great things about this book. I was still surprised at the wealth of information that is contained in this book! In the foreword the author says he doesn't just want you to read this book he wants you to come back and refer to it over and over, after hearing the book I can clearly understand why the author would say that so! I have already ordered the hardback version and would highly recommend that as well.
    I have already seen this books habits put into action, and have been extremely impressed with the results. Now that I have this book, and I'm able to study their habits more deeply, I plan on implementing them in my life and into my lifestyle! I hope to see as much value as I expect!

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    Fabrizio 09-01-15
    Fabrizio 09-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Practically nothing is said"

    This book has maybe 1, max 2, concepts worth remembering.
    Everything else is padding, scientifically inaccurate, boring, almost offensively pointless padding.
    Maybe read at a young age it may have a bigger impact, maybe even a positive one, but for busy adult people any summary of the book will do.

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  • Margaret
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    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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    "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
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    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?

    13 of 14 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.

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful

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