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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.

© 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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    Russell B. Ivey 06-27-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book bad audio"

    The material in the book is great and I highly recommend it. This audio version, however, is very difficult to listen to because the author speaks so slowly and pauses so often. I had the feeling that I could have listened to the unabridged version in half the time if read by another narrator. I found myself zoning while listening to the book, rewinding it so I could listen to it again, and by the time I got to the part I had missed, I was zoning again.

    My 3 star rating is based on the audio itself, not the content. I highly recommend the book itself, and I may even buy the abridged version so I can refresh myself on the material.

    80 of 86 people found this review helpful
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    Scott United States 08-09-07
    Scott United States 08-09-07 Member Since 2011
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    "A true guide for life"

    This is one of my top ten books of all time for lifelong contemplation.

    Key themes of Proactivity; Setting and following priorities; Re-scripting according to principles; Win-Win; Listening to understand others; Synergy; and Renewal are fundamental, timeless and universal.

    Dr. Covey's approach is unequalled in breadth and depth, while being entirely accessible to any human being. Everything he writes complements everything I've learned in life, while laboring to uproot any weeds that have grown in my internal garden. Having Dr. Covey read the material to me personally... it's the icing on the cake!

    I read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" when it first appeared decades ago; read it a second time five years later; and now, thanks to Audible, I've begun a profound study and contemplation of the material, that would have otherwise been too tedious to handle, given my other time commitments, as well as the fact that, since my work is about 90% in front of the computer, my eyes tire quickly before printed material in my non-work time.

    I organize my listening in two ways: listening in the logical, step by step, chapter by chapter method on the one hand, imagining myself attending a 7 Habits seminar or class; and listening for hours at a time as I lie down to rest/relax/sleep on the other. The result is I end up hearing the material over and over, provoking thoughts and contemplations about where I am in life, where I want to go, and what I need to do to get there. I expect the process to last about six months. My goal from the reading: A complete paradigm re-adjustment for life.

    This book has my highest recommendation for any person anywhere.

    88 of 96 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Elkins Park, PA, USA 11-29-04
    Anita Elkins Park, PA, USA 11-29-04
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    "Excellent Insights"

    This book provides excellent insights into dealing with others through
    introspection. It touches on Victor Frankel and others who provide examples of how to turn adversity into assets. This book is not a traditional self help book, but a companion to guide the listener into ones self.

    29 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Austin Sydney, ON, Canada 12-19-04
    Austin Sydney, ON, Canada 12-19-04
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    "Change your Life"

    If you really want to change your life for the better, read this book. I would suggest not listening to this in the car, but in the quiet of your home and make notes as you do. You will truly change the way you go through life and the way you understand other people.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    cpmis U.S. 12-16-04
    cpmis U.S. 12-16-04

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    "Most insightful book"

    It is a wonderful feeling to come across a book where you feel that you really got your money's worth and that you really are learning something new and exciting that would greatly improve the way you think and live. Dr. Covey really got me thinking about so many things that I could really improve on and just what he said about not "getting in the thick of thin things" alone is worth every penny. I want to be a better husband and a better father to my children and strongly believe following the principals he identified will greatly help me achieve that.

    41 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    J. Bevan Heber City, UT USA 01-22-05
    J. Bevan Heber City, UT USA 01-22-05 Member Since 2012
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    "The real deal..."

    Sadly this book is contrarian to a lot of what goes on in our society. Thus I constantly have to "try" to practice these principles. But the trying is worth it. I have used this book as a standard for turning around the cultures of two manufacturing plants after I was hired from the outside. Those turn-arounds were only accomplished because the principles in this book work and because, if patiently applied, they give a management team a common vocabularly for they way they treat each other and their associates. My only function was to act as catalyst and insist that these principles be practiced. After a couple of years, in both cases the stress levels were way down, the morale was way up, and the performance was beyond anything known before and certainly beyond expectation. In my current assisgnment we're saving over $3M per year (450 people) and the roots of that accomplishment are in this book. It's a book to listen to, to absorb, and to go back to over and over again. An annual tuneup by listening to this program, is typical of those who REALLY try to adopt the 7 Habits (and model them). It's tough to be a perfect practitioner. One can only read and try...

    52 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Fernando Tampa, FL, USA 01-26-08
    Fernando Tampa, FL, USA 01-26-08
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    "Buy the Book"

    I would advise to buy the book...this version was hard to follow and not very good. I was disinterested and bored fast...although the paper version is excellent the audio version gets a low rating.

    32 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Onoway, Alberta, Canada 10-23-07
    Katherine Onoway, Alberta, Canada 10-23-07
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    "7 Habits"

    Steven Covey's message is as valid now as it was when the book was first published and listening to it on audiobook is great way to refresh those lessons we thought we wouldn't forget after reading it so long ago. My only critque of the audiobook is that Covey mispronouces words so often that it causes one to wonder why he would narrate his own book. I recommend the audiobook if you have read the book before and are willing to listen to his original pronunciation.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    David Hollister, CA, USA 03-15-08
    David Hollister, CA, USA 03-15-08 Member Since 2007
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    "excellent"

    As good as it gets, a must read is here presented as a great listen... thus allowing us all to more conveniently return to this classic self-help book for a reminder on how to be more effective.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Murphy, TX, USA 06-07-08
    Jim Murphy, TX, USA 06-07-08
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    "One of the all-time classics"

    Dr Covey is a man of character and demonstrates that in his book. I read this book several years ago and loaned it to someone but never got it back. I've been traveling a lot lately and decided to download this to listen to while traveling and really enjoyed the refresher. Key points that really hit home around Win-Win or Walk Away resonated with me again and the key points to business and personal relationships really renewed my perspectives.
    I would have preferred this book not be so long, 11 hours is a bit much and possibly could have been condensed but I'd be afraid it would lose its impact. Regardless, great book but misses 5 stars for me for length.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr Burns
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    12/31/14
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    "Incredible wisdom that just keeps on giving..."
    What made the experience of listening to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People the most enjoyable?

    The thrill of constantly finding new ways to deal with challenges and express points of view. Adopting a new and sustainable and profitable paradigm shift.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wisdom


    What does Stephen R. Covey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Having to stop and rewind and take notes about every 5 minutes. It's so densely packed with useful material.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Essential reading for the entire world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henrikas
    12/12/14
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    "Usefull information"
    Would you listen to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People again? Why?

    Yes, its quite important to know such things, but its more important of course to use them. So I think that there are more chances to use information wnen you read it or hear.


    What other book might you compare The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to, and why?

    I think 8th habit will be similar.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I liked win win technicue, because i never heard about it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Situation in underground when kids were playing but their father was not paying big attention to them because his wife died in hospital


    Any additional comments?

    Its bit long hours to listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barenfeet
    11/30/14
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    "Hard going but slightly easier than the book"
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    I have tried to get through the print edition of this book on several occasions as it is supposed to be a self management classic. However I found the preachy style a bit too much, and the time it takes to get to the actual "habits" way too long. Some might say that is because I just want to know the techniques, not change my whole life, and am missing the main point of the book, but you do need to start somewhere and the first few chapters of the book don't leave you with much action to take.
    The audio book was easier to manage but still hard going for the same reasons, but at least I could get on with other tasks while ploughing through it. I have now achieved my goal and will probably take away some lessons, but I would have liked to have got them in a more accessible and enjoyable way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gina
    La Linea, Spain
    8/11/14
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    "A Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a classic and I would and have recommended it to many people. It's down to earth and believable and full of possibilities.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is very inspiration and fills one with a "can do" feeling. It's a classic and perhaps the first "motivational" book. It's full of sound common sense and exercises to get you going. It also deals with the objections that always arise. It's plain and simple which is what I like most about it.


    Any additional comments?

    Although written so long ago it's still relevant to today. I believe this should be on school curricula

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "Must read book, preferable in the college life."
    Where does The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good, time tested, practical self help book ever written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    Importance of making a effort to know people by name and addressing them with name.


    What about Stephen R. Covey’s performance did you like?

    good and effective narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book to read now and then, just to reenforce the ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cute Medic
    Manchester, UK
    5/6/14
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    "An effective way to cover a leadership essential"
    Would you listen to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People again? Why?

    Yes - I think I would probably need to listen a couple of times to get the most from it - like many good stories there is always more to hear from a retelling. However it can get a bit repetitive and heavy going so I would want the ability to dip in and out.


    What other book might you compare The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to, and why?

    I'm only just starting to use audiobooks from leadership development point of view - I don't have a big enough personal library to make a meaningful comparison


    Have you listened to any of Stephen R. Covey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    NO


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - it's too long to begin with. I listened while driving to work & was able to stop and start without losing too much, though I have to listen to small chapters again from time to time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    4/24/14
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    "Life Changing"
    Would you listen to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People again? Why?

    I listen to this book over and over again. I don't think there has ever been a book written as powerful as this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karolina
    Ekerö, Sweden
    2/14/14
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    "Boring"
    Any additional comments?

    This book probably has some good points, but when does he bring them uuup? This book is so long and so boring and everything is said over and over and over again. I do not understand why this book is such a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    York, United Kingdom
    7/9/13
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    "Brilliant insights into effective living"
    If you could sum up The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in three words, what would they be?

    Covey has taken the 7 habits of being highly effective in life and given them excellent examples that people from all walks of life can relate to. Brilliant analogies and a must read/hear for anyone who wants to break free from old ways of being to become more authentic.


    What about Stephen R. Covey’s performance did you like?

    Clearly read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is beautifully broken up into chapters and subheadings which gives time to pause and reflect on the messages being delivered


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent read. Everyone should have a copy and read it if they want to feel more fulfilled by life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stuart
    TWICKENHAM, United Kingdom
    5/8/13
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    "Awful narration!!!"

    I would like to have been able to have listen to this book for longer than 30 minutes but Covey's narration is so awful I just couldn't bare to listen a second longer. I found his voice so annoying and his tone so condescending that I wanted to pelt my phone out of a window.

    This is such a shame as the book has very good reviews from other people who obviously were not as irritated by Covey's voice as I was.

    Make sure you listen to the sample first is all I'll say with this one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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