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 enjoyed the overall content of the book although, as other reviewers also noted, I could have done with fewer references to God and the bible. What made me downgrade my rating though, was the annoying narration by the author. I've been listening to 6-8 audiobooks a month for the past year or so and the narrator can really make or break the book - this one breaks it. And he makes his living doing public speaking events!?! By the third or fourth hour I thought I would scream if I heard "pitcher" for picture or "comp-LEE-mentary" for complementary (does he think we don't know the difference between complementary and complimentary?) again. Just goes to show there are some (many!) authors who should not narrate their own books...
This book was a required reading homework assignment for a Leadership training event. I loved the book and found myself wishing I had read it years ago. It applies to everything in everyday life. Take the time to read this book.
Some people are just good at managing people, some are great technical workers and some are great entrepreneurs. This book will help the average line worker become a good leader, and an owner of a company get the highest level of efficiency from employees.
I tried reading this book and found it read like a text book - what a difference to have Steven Covey himself narate what is written!
I loved this book, learnt from it and hope that I will be able to put in practise what I have learnt.
Thank you very much!
Completely enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio every time I was in my car. Author gives great tips and excellent life examples so that reader/listener can get a clear understanding of the author meaning. Every step can work in all areas of life. There is so much to learn and apply that I am glad this is an audio book so that I can listen again in a few months.
This book has been around for some time and the lessons are still pertinent for anyone who wants to enjoy a more fulfilling life. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because the author, himself, narrates-which is a mistake- his teeth whistle and his pace was too fast. He should have hired a professional narrator.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
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.
"effective personal transformation"
This audio book has transformed my life through the principle led approach that Covey leads you through with wonderful examples and intuitive guidance. A must for anyone aspiring to be more effective.
One of the best books I have heard/read. The book is narrated in a slow pace so for me personally x1,25 speed made it perfect. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to work on themselves and lead their life in an effective and inspiring way.
"Top 5 books that every human should read"
Fantastic listen!! Both timeless and applicable. Steven makes it easy to understand the essence of personal change with 7 clear habits that govern reality
It was a very useful book and I will be taking the elements on board throughout life
"Some great ideas, they have helped in my life."
some great principles, such as win win no deal mentality and using weekly planning with a roles and goals approach. very useful and have helped me already. I hope you get something out of it too!
Much of this I have already experienced in my lifetime. It's nice to hear someone else share their experience. It gives confidence.
I like how it's read. I will buy a paper copy for easier reflection.
"not for me"
seems a bit like common sense stuff to me. I only listened to about an hour or so though to be honest i just didn't want to waste anymore time on it. It just wasn't for me.
"Life Changing, Inspiring and a must read"
This book is one of 4 books that has changed my life to date.
You can go to youtube and look for videos that give you 1 example for each of the 7 habits and how they can improve your life. That is enough to simply understand the basic's. The book however uses 2-3 examples per habit and dissects each example to show you how each habit is a benefit. It drills the 7 habits into your soul.
I never thought of my actions and behaviours in such a way before this book and made a substantial change in my life. I started to be come extremely productive and earn much more. I had more positive outcomes in day to day life. It just changed my life for the better.
48 laws of power is a good comparison in my mind. Both books are aimed at an audience that wishes to improve themselves and become better. they both approach the explanation of the law or habit in the same way.
The first habit has changed my life the most, they all mean a lot to me, from sharpen the saw, to think win-win or putting first things first. they all make massive differences in my life. However the first, of being proactive. The story of the old woman complaining about things and doing nothing. that touched a cord, before this book, I would complain a lot about why things didn't go my way.
The thing that liberated me the most was just focusing on things that I could effect, things that I could change and ignore everything that I can't effect. Work towards my goal and focus all my energy and attention on the tasks that I could effect to reach my goal. This has been a real life changer. Don't get me wrong, I still vent, however I am a much better person for it.
I wish I could, I would love to, however given the length and meaning you need to absorb I don't recommend it. It takes time for your mind to really grasp and make these habits apart of your life.
A brilliant listen and very inspiring. The principles here are very hard to master but totally true
"Worth a read!"
I was shocked as it is very informative with simple and effective strategies - great content!
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