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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Revised edition (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743269519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743269513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,867 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

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The late Skip LeFauve President, Saturn Corporation/General Motors Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People played a major role in the development of Saturn's operating systems and philosophy. Our commitment to quality and to our customers has its roots in The 7 Habits.

Ken M. Radziwanowski AT&T School of Business Picture 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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This is a very well written book with some great ideas in it.
Jon Beckmon
This book, when using the habits, will change your work and family life in a very positive way.
Brandon
I recommend this book for anyone who is committed to growing as a person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo on January 20, 2014
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Very good book, its has helped me a lot, the only thing i dont like of this book its too rational and dont focus on the most important thing in like, the selfsteem, selfcare and self love!! To treat good other people, first its most important to treat good ourselves,
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By California Marmot on January 27, 2014
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I don't know what compelled me to randomly purchase this cheesy book but it's the only time in my life that I (a person who can't stand to leave things likes books or movies unfinished, and who also can't stand to waste money) got halfway through a book and couldn't stand it any more and threw it away. I used it as supplementary bedding for my hamster.

The one thing in this book that's useful is the idea of writing a Mission Statement for your life. That was actually pretty cool, and I wanted to give him credit for that. The rest, though... It was just trite garbage, maybe true but so overly obvious that it wasn't of any use. It's also heavily religious, and even though I wouldn't be close-minded to it solely on account of that... An atheist reading this book feels, at times, like an atheist at an AA meeting must feel. Large portions of his philosophy make sense only if you believe in God, and that wasn't at all known to me when I purchased it.

I just didn't feel that anything in the book (aside from the mission statement thing) was particularly insightful or useful, OR that the author was qualified to be a self-help guru. I'm sorry I can't support myself with more specific examples from the book but, as I said earlier, I destroyed/recycled it. The bottom line: You're better off just browsing the internet for similar content, in a much more condensed form, like "10 Ways to ... " type blog posts. They'll be just as useful (or not useful), and written by people who are just as qualified as Stephen Covey, and FREE.

Or, if you really want to know Stephen Covey's stuff, in particular, then seriously just google it. It says right there in the title that the book lists seven habits of effective people. It isn't difficult to find those seven habits listed online... You don't need an entire book to explain them.
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By Kelsey D on January 24, 2014
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Exactly what I was looking for for one of my classes and came right on time before I was required to read it thanks!
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I read this book and basically just told myself I was going to buy it hook, line and sinker for a month to test it out. Over a year later and I'm still a believer. It's so flexible that really anyone can take the lessons and apply them how they see fit and improvement will be made.

After the book I took the course and that's where it really sunk in. After the course they have a set of tasks to do for the next 7 weeks where each week you focus on a different habit. I finished the tasks and have a mission statement and since got my company to write a mission statement of our own. We all got together and after 4 or 5 meetings we had a one page mission statement everyone agreed on. That was about a month ago and I have seen the mission statement get pulled out a few times to help guide decisions. That's where I thought the magic really set in. Good stuff actually HAPPENED as a direct result of everyone deciding together where we were going.
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This book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Should be Required Reading for Everyone. Being Personally Responsible and being Accountable for ones actions and reactions is such a lost feature of most Americans. It is so much easier to blame something out side of me of how I feel, or how I respond to any stimulus. When someone adopts the features of 7 Habits. . . . they will be in a completely small minority of Highly Effective people. It everyone would adopt the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, PC (being Politically Correct) would be a thing of the PAST. Most American's past time or hobby is Being OFFENDED. If The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was adopted, our society could focus on fixing the problems that threaten the freedom and liberty that is at the foundation of America.
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By Ben R on January 23, 2014
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Enough has been said praising this book, I will simply agree. Excellent read that can be read over and over, will do more for you each time.
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By Benjamin Solari on January 23, 2014
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I love this book because every page is filled with insightful examples on how to be highly effective. I could not put it down. This book has changed my life and I can foresee that I will be returning again and again to its pages for knowledge and refreshers.
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Going into 2014, I wanted to read something motivational and kick off the new year with "can do" spirit. I consider myself very driven so I rarely read/buy books like this. But I've heard so much about it, that when it was on sale, I couldn't resist. Loved the clarity. How it makes you think, and help you change. When someone pushes a hot button, I now think about the gap between "stimulus and response." When people aren't really listening, I chuckle and wonder whether just to stop mid-sentence because all they care about is "intent to reply." Will this book make me more successful, more effective -- I don't really know yet. I do think the "habits" as explained, detailed, mapped apply more to people in corporations/business settings than personal life or to people who are artists.
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