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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People [Kindle Edition]

Stephen R. Covey
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Book Description

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

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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 15 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


Scott DeGarmo editor in chief, Success magazine The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is destined to be the personal leadership handbook of the decade. -- Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 1790 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks; Revised edition (December 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WJVK26
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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676 of 724 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is very good reading material. March 2, 1999
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As the title of the book implies, Covey describes the seven habits of highly effective people and techniques for adopting the seven habits. Covey makes clear that an individual must make a paradigm shift before incorporating these habits into his/her own personal life. A paradigm is essentially the way an individual perceives something. Covey emphasizes that if we want to make a change in our lives, we should probably first focus on our personal attitudes and behaviors. He applies different examples via family, business, and society in general.
This book's focal point is on an approach to obtain personal and interpersonal effectiveness. Covey points out that private victories precede public victories. He makes the example that making and keeping promises to ourselves comes before making and keeping promises to others.
Habits 1, 2, and 3 deal with self-mastery. They move an individual from dependency on others to independence. Habits 4, 5, and 6 deal with teamwork, cooperation, and communication. These habits deal with transforming a person from dependency to independence to interdependence. Interdependence simply means mutual dependence. Habit 7 embodies all of the other habits to help an individual work toward continuous improvement.
Habit 1 discusses the importance of being proactive. Covey states that we are responsible for our own lives; therefore, we possess the initiative to make things happen. He also points out that proactive people so not blame various circumstances for their behaviors but they realize behavior comes from one's conscious. Covey also explains that the other type of person is reactive. Reactive people are affected by their social as well as physical surroundings.
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748 of 846 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but "over-intellectualized." June 13, 2001
The book is not bad. It's got some good advice, and if you live your life by the "Seven Habits," then you're going to come out better than if you didn't live by them. But it's my opinion that Covey has made something quite simple quite complex. In other words, I believe that most of the "Seven Habits" are nothing profound: treat others like you would like to be treated), be goal-oriented, manage your time wisely, seek the wisdom and insight of others, be slow to speak and quick to listen - nothing new here. The problem is that Covey tends to intellectualize these concepts to the point that many readers may find it difficult to understand what he's talking about at times. And, those that do understand will become frustrated that he takes a whole lot of pages to say something that could have been dealt with in fairly short order.
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172 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a SUPER BOOK June 19, 1999
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Although I have read many personal development books, 7 Habits is by far the best. No hype, hoopla, pyscho-babble that is so prevalent today, however, I submit that 7 Habits will be around long after the hypsters are gone. I work in a 1,500 staff facility and 7 Habits is required reading for all management staff. I also recommend Superself, possibly one of the most underrated books out there and Financial Self Defense which in my opinion, is the financial book version of 7 Habits.
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116 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clear diagnosis for effectivness December 1, 2005
"If you don't have confidence in the diagnosis, you won't have confidence in the prescription" (244)

Stephen Covey has much to say on the qualities of effective people. Covey's purpose in detailing the seven habits is to help people improve themselves. The seven habits are woven into a tapestry on a diagram that shows the working of all seven habits in communion. When viewing the diagram, one is reminded of Benjamin Franklin's engraving of the snake which was divided into thirteen pieces, with the caption "Join or Die." Each of the seven habits is integral to viewing the picture as a whole, as well as seeing the development from dependence to independence to interdependence. The reader is pulled into activities for further application, to decide what type of Quadrant II activities exist, and to find what is at the center of the reader's life in a bid to understand how paradigms work. The first three habits, which lead to independence, a private victory, lead to the final four steps, which include public victory.

Habit #1: Be Proactive

Being proactive is the foundation of the entire seven habits paradigm. In a sense, all the other habits are types of being proactive. This entails a realization that you are a person who can take direct control of a situation and, even if you have no actions that you are allowed to perform, you can still control your outlook.

Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind

Covey begins this section with the description of the reader's funeral as an illustration of how one end in view can change the previous years' effort. The visualized step of seeing the end is the first part of any successful plan.
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169 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A OUTSTANDING BOOK! August 1, 1998
By A Customer
Stephen Covey has written one of the best works ever in personal development and a refreshing change from so much verbage out there in other works. I have been an avid student of personal development since the 70's and learned a lot from this excellent work. I also highly recommend "SUPERSELF" by Charles Givens, another extraordinary work by an equally extraordinary man. I have read & reread Seven Habits and SuperSelf several times over the last few years and always get something new out of each every time. Excellent books to help you succeed in any area of endeavor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to living a life of substance
In a time where all everyone is concerned about is advancing their own interest, this book is a great eye opener, the more you give to the universe and others in benevolence, the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this works
Published 4 days ago by Patsy Ann Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This book is very helpful in achieving success in any area of our lives. Mr. Covey does a very good job of showing this in his book. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Herbert Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this
This is a book that my husband and I are going to read every year. It helps you think about why you do things, what habits you have, and how to create habits that will get you... Read more
Published 6 days ago by LANITA
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book
Aside front he "Good Book" itself, this is the best book ever. Besides being effective, or should I say, the way one becomes effective is in dealing with other people. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Lee Jinks
1.0 out of 5 stars Made to read it
I was forced to read this by my former employer and take seminar lasting several days. Big waste of time and money in my opinion. Read more
Published 9 days ago by J Corley
5.0 out of 5 stars An outline of structured help for development
Very rarely people come along with the training and introspection to convey life lessons, Stephen Covey is one of them. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Steve Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars My partner Swears by it
This is great for all aspects of your life. My partner read it and it has even improved our relationship!
Published 11 days ago by Lydia
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
This book is a required read for a class I am attending. So far so good, informative and hopefully beneficial.
Published 12 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars I can read this book 100 times.
These seven habits should be performed everyday, and if people perform these habits they can become successful. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Francisco
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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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