This new audio set is a very special abridgement of two of Stephen R. Covey's best-selling business books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit, read by Dr. Covey himself. We've condensed the content of two entire books into just six hours of audio, but you'll still enjoy Dr. Covey's lessons on powerful personal change and how to incorporate his ideas into your life to fulfill your ultimate potential.
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"The 7 Habits have the gift of being simple without being simplistic." (M.Scott Peck)
I've been avoiding the "7 habits", since I tend to be an anti-joiner, and it got real popular, almost "cult" like. Also, I tried to tackle the book a long time ago, and got bogged down right away.
This is a great listen, as well as great content. I listened to the "6 hour" version, but now I'm thinking I should get the 12 hour version.
One warning about this version -- particularly near the beginning the adbridgement is really lame. A professional-sounding announcer (not a compliment, from me) introduces each snip, which can be amazingly short sometimes, "sound-bite" sized. It seemed like they quit this annoying habit (!) about a third or half the way through (or I just tuned it out).
Even so, if you want a bit more than a "taste" of the 7 habits, I recommend this book -- it has the potential to be life-changing. I'm wondering if I should go get a "7 habits" organizer. Not sure I ready for that, but it sure inspires me to do some kind of follow-through so that it's more than just a read.
Yes...This book is a encyclopedia of the self help literature from the past centuries. The author has summarized the main teachings about the topic into seven basic tenats. The stress is on self improvement and principle change - supported by not just vague or ambigous, open to interpretation ways to improve one self, he teaches specific examples in daily life, touch points in our work/life where we can start making changes and see expected results. The best part of the book - this does not teach you to be pretentious, or one of the 'How to manage your perception' prescriptions, it states that to achieve harmony and as a result being effective, one needs to make fundamental changes to one's guiding principles and the rest follows. The author cites great examples and suggestions.
The discussion on going from perosnal level of effectiveness to greatness!
The expressions of speech, first hand knowledge from the master and above all a great well paced peep into a great way to organise one's self and beyond.
Emotional bank Account
One thing missing was if there was some complementing material with the audio file, especially where they base the discussion on graphs and diagrams, it is better to have the visuals as well..Maybe in future, for books where they talk of conceptual models to explain something, the audio file could be accompanied with perhaps those few pages from the book, so user doesnt miss out on anything at all.
This is a good book, the principles are great. It can be hard to follow and can get really dry at times, but is still good business sense
In this book, the author presents 7 things that need to be mastered in order for the reader to become a highly effective and successful person. The 8th habit is a wonderful bonus to read!
Yes, this book offers you a lot to think about, so it would be great to review some of the information over and over!
Yes, the narration was well paced and it's always nice with an author narrates his/her own book. In this book, you get the full Covey experience. I personally found him a little silly at times, but he was at least animated. I did enjoy the parts in the narration when people gave their own testimonials or feedback based on the topic being discussed.
I really enjoyed the call to action in Habit 7. Covey basically tells you to get off your lazy rump and do something that matters in life.
I really didn't like how the 8th habit came before the 7th habit...my mind was not really prepared for going right into the 8th habit since I hadn't read the 7 habits book. It would be great if you could switch the order (7 habis first, 8th habit second) or somehow in the chapters tab- section out the two books so it's easy to know where one ends and the other begins.
Not better. If you will only get one or the other, you need to get the book. However, using both print and audio is great.
No. It is useful listening to a section and having some time to reflect before listening to the next section.
This audio book meanders all over the place and never gets to the point. With a specific title like this, I assumed it would be broken down into clear chapters and lessons; but no. This is a huge missed opportunity and a waste of time. He just goes on and on about "voice" and how contemporary companies are terrible for not letting people be their authentic selves. Very disappointed.
Not woven too well. Hard to pick out the seven among the eighth habit even though I knew them well. It was more confusing than enlightening.
He attempted to add the seven habits and eighth together but just didn't pull it off as I expected.
His voice emphasizes points that he intended to make that you wouldn't read.
Put it all together from the seven and that's how you go from good to great. Mostly, find your voice so you can help others find theirs.
I read the 8th habit in print version but this audibook is a compilation of this book plus a walkthrough the other 7 habits. Thats why I enjoy it so much
The compilation and walk-through the 8 habits
"Learn effective hobits with audiobook effectively"
This book will give you the clear ideas how you can organize your time and you mind in the most effective ways. I remember I read the book couple of years ago and it was very helpful for my personal life and my work, so I decide to read it again. This time I read the book with auiable and it was really great way to save my time and enjoy the book more with Stephen R. Covey's voice. You can listen the great lecuture of the book anytime anywhere. I'm very satisfied about the book and I'm highly recommned!
"The 8th Habit - A very readable book"
Stephen Covey is an inspirational man who has a very grounded approach to all areas of life. His books are very easy to read and always give you a lot to think about. I would advise anyone already in or wanting to move into a leadership role whatever that might be to read this book.
"interesting and effective"
Thought provoking and interesting I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in developing themselves or their careers.
I understand why so many courses recommend reading this.
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