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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.

    79 of 84 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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    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 36 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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    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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    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.

    19 of 22 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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  • Clare
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    "Amazed"

    The book has surprised me, I am amazed by how spiritual the teaching is. I have heard about it for many years and I did not realise how it covers so much of the practicality of moving through life and relationships - rather than just business. I have learned a lot which very much enhances the energectic healing, self development and teaching work that I do and reflects my learning of Yoga, Reiki and much more. The language may sound a little self help cliche occasionally but the principles come through loud and clear and are extremely relevant to my life. Gratitude to Stephen Covey and all that has led to this books publishing, this book will add real value to anyone who listens and hears.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom
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    "Good but long winded"

    As Chris has said in his review, you could be totally lost in the first fifteen minutes, believe me I was!
    And also I agree the book is a tad preachy towards the end. Basically unlike other self help books this doesn't breeze along in a lighthearted fashion. This is a very very in-depth book (some may argue long winded) that really demands your full attention.

    I have been listening to it in the car and have at times found myself totally lost when I lose focus for a minute or so. This is a very wordy book that demands your full attention for a sizeable amount of time.

    I agree with many of the overall ideas of the habits, but as with so many self help books I found myself picking and chosing the parts that are relevant to me rather than everything Dr Covey talks about.
    And definitely as we get towards the end it does get very preachy but overall I found the book a worthwhile listen. But must confess after seven or eight hours I was thinking "He doesn't half go on a bit". Dare I say it, this may be a self help book that works better as a book to read rather than to listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ralph
    Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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    "Unmissable"

    This timeless classic is beautifully read by the Author

    Every-time I listen I learn a little more

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    6/8/09
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    "Simple home truths we all need to hear"

    This book is well read and easy to understand. I am likely to listen to it again, not because it was too complex, but because the principles set out in it are so fundamental that it seems to me appropriate to start each day remembering the principles explained in the book. Don't expect new pearls of wisdom: here you will find all the home truths that pop-psychology omits - the simple truths about human beings - I certainly needed to hear it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • UKJ
    3/16/09
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    "Absolutely Excellent"

    I would recommend this to anyone !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Luke
    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    8/28/10
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    "Good book"

    This is a good book but I have enjoyed others in the same sector far more. I would recommend it but there are others that I would read first.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Lymm, United Kingdom
    7/18/09
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    "What a lot of fluff"

    The hype around this book is huge but it does not engage me one bit. No intro it just goes straight into complicated deep talking which makes no sense..I listened to the first 15 minutes 3 times and it still lost me. Worst audio book available.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • jason
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Interesting"
    What did you like most about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

    Very interesting and listen and enjoyed listening to the book. Shall listen again in the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Didn't really have characters in this book.


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

    Passionate and enlightened on the subject.


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

    A little too deep to take in one sitying but I looked forward to the next chapter each time.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good listen thanks

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    11/26/13
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    "Excellent, deep, thought provoking"
    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listening time, I thought it was excellent at promoting inward thought and self evaluation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/21/13
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    "A must read"

    A fantastic book, I would highly recommend this, even if just for listenability, (he does have a very listenable voice!!!). I have listened to this twice already and am trying to fit in a third time, to make sure that I don't forget what he is trying to make me understand and which is a very life awareness teaching as well as a business effective teaching. The world has lost an important guide and I have no doubt that his teaching will endure time and that his contemporaries will continue the good work. Lots of love to Stephen Covey and thanks for what he has delivered.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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