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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671315285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671315283
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold. Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges.

Before you can adopt the seven habits, you'll need to accomplish what Covey calls a "paradigm shift"--a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your "proactive muscles" (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.

This isn't a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you'll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you'll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you'll feel like you've taken a powerful seminar by Covey. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ken M. RadziwanowskiAT&T School of BusinessPicture someone going through the best experience they've ever had in terms of training -- that's what they say. People credit The 7 Habits with changing their lives, with getting back on track personally and professionally.

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Stephen R. Covey is a renowned leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and co-founder of FranklinCovey Co. He is author of several international bestsellers, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold over 20 million copies. He was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans. Dr. Covey holds the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair in Leadership at the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

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Very good book with very good information.
stephen lunsford
Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is a book that will change one's life.
Kaitlyn
It really makes you think, and you will see things in a new and clearer way.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea C. on January 30, 2014
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I am baffled as to why this book is as popular as it is. Stephen Covey's points are vague at best, shrouded in fifteen personal anecdotes per point, and generally just use buzzwords or his own forced metaphors in order to sound as if it contains actual content. Very early in the book he misquoted a VERY famous Eleanor Roosevelt quote, changing its entire meaning, and from that point on I felt like I had to question every fact that he alleged to be true.
I honestly doubt that even 50% of the anecdotes occurred the way that he claims. They're mostly self-congratulatory stories in which people talk in a way that NO ONE talks, which leads me to believe they are either made up or heavily embellished.
The core of this teaching is about developing a center of integrity from which all behaviors will spring, but he defines integrity as being truest to yourself or something like that. I don't even know what that's supposed to mean!
Most of what he teaches is just repackaged transcendentalism (when you've quoted Thoreau three times by page 70, you might be a transcendentalist), so nothing new to speak of really,
Also, small point but strange nonetheless, in his chapter on Win/Win situations, he specifically suggests going to see the play Les Miserables in order to understand win/win situations which leads me to believe that he's never seen the play because I cannot think of one good example of a win/win situation in that entire production.
All in all this book is awful and cliched. If I hadn't had to read it for something, I would have put it down halfway through the introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KD Forsman on April 18, 2014
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This book was recommended to me by a colleague who applies many of these habits in his daily life. The habits are build on integrity and being your genuine self and there are some really good lessons in Stephen Covey's book. However, if you are planning to read it end to end, put aside some quiet time, as it will require your focus. I found that i skipped through the chapters to pick up the focus for each and quickly moved on. This still gave me a good overview of the book and the key messages within. Unfortunately for me, I didn't find this to be the real page turner that I had hoped. But that probably tells you more about me, than the quality of the book (which is very good).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Proud on April 18, 2014
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The applications in this book are powerful and obvious...but difficult to master and keep in active practice. Steven Covey is extremely explicit in his description and examples of the 7 Habits of successful living. These are powerful concepts to be used in all types of living, from business to loving relationships. Covey is a master of life...he is truly is the "Guru" that he denies being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RhinoATL on April 16, 2014
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I really enjoyed this book! Very helpful and I feel as if the concepts will really improve my life in both communicating with my wife, coworkers and family.

My only point I would add as a negative are the fact that it is a little lengthy from habit to habit. I think I could have enjoyed it more if it were broken down a little to allow for quicker evening reading sessions and having a good "stopping point. Right now I miss books with chapters after finishing this one. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SR on April 16, 2014
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This book was recommended to me by my father a decade ago. It sat on my shelf all those years and I finally read it on my Kindle. It has changed my life, my way of thinking and approaching my life. I highly recommend it to everyone, no matter your age or what stage of life you are in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Pollack on March 4, 2014
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I got another copy of this because I simply wore out my original copy. I can't say enough good things about this book. I keep rereading it, and it always inspires me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aidan Brecknell on March 2, 2014
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Over the years I had heard so many great reviews about this book and that it was a "must read". Unfortunately I was disappointed. Very outdated material. Struggled to stay awake through Stephen Coveys delivery of the message.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kylee on February 1, 2014
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This book was HIGHLY recommended to me by a friend, so I bought it and dove into it...and couldn't get past the first 40 pages, and even that was a push to get through. This book is soooo boring. I really was hoping that it could be a learning tool to help me become more effective (because who doesn't need to improve their effectiveness in life?!) but it just seems to drag on and not really offer enough advice for all of the words. When it comes to books like this, I like it to just get to the point and teach you, but this book was not going to do that.
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