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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: The Miniature Edition [Hardcover]

Sean Covey
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Book Description

April 15, 2003
Based on his father's bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Sean Covey applies the same principles to teens, using a vivacious, entertaining style. To keep it fun, Covey writes, he "stuffed it full of cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world... along with a few other surprises." Did he ever! Flip open to any page and become instantly absorbed in real-life stories of teens who have overcome obstacles to succeed, and step-by-step guides to shifting paradigms, building equity in "relationship bank accounts," creating action plans, and much more. As a self-acknowledged guinea pig for many of his dad's theories, Sean Covey is a living example of someone who has taken each of the seven habits to heart: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; and sharpen the saw. He includes a comical section titled "The 7 Habits of Highly Defective Teens," which includes some, shall we say, counterproductive practices: put first things last; don't cooperate; seek first to talk, then pretend to listen; wear yourself out... Covey's humorous and up-front style is just light enough to be acceptable to wary teenagers, and down-and-dirty enough to really make a difference.

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About the Author

Sean Covey was born in Belfast, Ireland, and raised in Provo, Utah; he has lived in South Africa, Boston, and Dallas. He is currently vice president of retail stores at Franklin Covey Co., one of the world's leading time and life leadership authorities. He graduated with honors from BYU with a degree in English and later earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. The author of the bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, he is a popular speaker to youth and adult groups. Sean and his wife, Rebecca Thatcher, are the parents of five children.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions; Min edition (April 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076241474X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762414741
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 3 x 3.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Covey is Sr. Vice President of Innovations and Products at FranklinCovey, a world renowned organization devoted to helping individuals and organizations achieve greatness. Sean graduated from BYU with a degree in English and later earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. As the starting quarterback for BYU, he led his team to two bowl games and received numerous honors. He is the author of Fourth Down and Life to Go, and the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens which has sold over three million copies and is translated in over 15 languages. He is a popular speaker to youth and adult groups. Sean and his wife Rebecca live with their kids in the Rocky Mountains.

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#64 in Books > Self-Help
#84 in Books > Teens
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175 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen Angst ? March 13, 2000
By Waidz
Format:Paperback
At the ripe age of 23, I borrowed my 18 year old brother's copy of this book and was enthralled.I cant help but wonder what a difference this book would have made in my life if I had read it at age 14 and not ten years later. The layout of the book is fun and appeals to readers of any age. This makes it easier to read. One thing I have to say, is that this book is one of the most powerful positive thinking books on the market. Although it's aimed at teens, the values and tips can apply to anyone. I loved the little excercises which are still applicable. Sean's frankness on matters really inspired me. My favourite part of the book though is the real life stories he relates on how teenagers have overcome difficulties and still succeed in the end. A great read, highly recommended !
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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it or hate it... the choice is yours October 16, 2005
Format:Paperback
After reading through the reviews on this website and others on different websites I've come to this conclusion- either people think that it was (1)a fantastic book which distilled sound advice and changed their lives for the better [5 stars] or, (2)a bunch of cliched, useless material exhorting teens to be mama's boy/ teacher's pet/ goody-two-shoes/ (name your case)[1 star]. If there are people out there who haven't read the book and are getting confused by all the conflicting, contradictory messages up on the web, I honestly don't blame them. Who wouldn't be?

I've read the book and all I can say is that the book does not deliver miracles from heaven that can brilliantly transform your life and make it oh-so-fabulous. It didn't promise that either, by the way.

What it does is to offer tried-and-tested, reliable advice, the kind that your mother or teacher would have given you. Call it rehashed common sense, but the cartoons and quotes make it easier to digest and not-so-painful to internalise. Yes it's naggy, yes it's authoritarian, yes it's condescending at some parts... I don't doubt that. The thing is that in the end, it's still well-intentioned, useful advice. It's perfectly okay to just pick out one chapter, or one quote etc. that means something to you and ditch the rest. Really. Or if you really think that none of it can help you in your life, then take it as a few hours of harmless entertainment, forget about the book and get on with your life. Case closed.

As for those who haven't read the book yet, give it a chance. You might just be able to pick up one or two things here and there which, when put into practice, may just make your life that little bit more sane and less messed-up. Best of luck to you.
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143 of 155 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 7 Habits of Highly Effective Pre-Teens January 8, 2006
By S. Sun
Format:Paperback
I read this book in 7th grade at the age of 12, and I loved it. I thought it was very well-written and witty.

Now, as a 19 year old, I recently finished rereading this book just because I found it as I was cleaning out my bookshelf, and I have to say...it's not bad, but it's not that good. I think, perhaps, as the author was aiming for a lower age bracket, he accidentally aimed a little too low.

Here's my breakdown:

Pros:

- Book is much shorter than the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People yet still conveys the same ideas.

- The writing style is pretty straightforward.

- It offers a lot of examples from teens and a lot of illustrations.

Cons:

- Book becomes more and more condescending as it goes on.

- At some points, there are just too many examples, and many are rather impersonal--they don't offer the kind of detail that would make a reader actually care. Some of the examples even contradict the Habits.

- A lot of the illustrations are kind of lame (I remember thinking this back at the age of 12, as well). The charts are fine, but most of the cartoons on the side just aren't funny.

- The information in the book is all very intuitive.

I think I will read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to see how I feel about it. As for the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, I have to say...

1) Do not force a teen to read a self-help book. I've seen that in most of the negative comments, people were forced to read this book for a class in school. I think doing so even goes against the Habits. If you genuinely care about someone's problems, maybe read through the Habits yourself and practice them.
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117 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended February 14, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I keep having to buy copies of this book because I give them away to people I want to share the book with.
I found this book (at the age of 40-something) a little more reader friendly than Stephen Covey's book. I tell the teens I work with that Covey, Sr's book is a little more executive oriented and I had trouble connecting with it. This is easier to connect with and I don't find it preachy because Sean Covey so often tells stories on himself.
It's easy to peruse over and over again and to integrate little by little into your life. At least when my time management fails, I can name what I could have done better (put the big rocks in first). When I've spent the day dithering time away at some no-where project, I know I'm spending too much time in Q4. Little by little, it helps improve your life.
I guess I want to comment on the reviewer who thought Sean was trying to encourage reader to always be thinking of something nice to say (ie always kissing up to people). I don't feel Sean was trying to tell you not to be yourself, but well-placed, positive comments can sew wonderful seeds of cooperation and friendship. Externalize your positive thoughts by sharing them with people; it makes a difference.
Great book for teens, young adults and adults.
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Published 18 hours ago by Lawrence G. Olson
4.0 out of 5 stars this book was amazing and very well written
this book was amazing and very well written. it was a wonderful experience, for it taught me many life lessons that have benefited my everyday work. i loved ths book. Read more
Published 10 days ago by jeanne blackmore
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It's a tiny book. about 3 by 2 inches
Published 15 days ago by skyworld
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A nice and throw books
Published 16 days ago by lyric brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very nice. thanks
Published 18 days ago by Jeri
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift to my grandson. Now if he would only ...
Gift to my grandson. Now if he would only read it.
Published 21 days ago by bobsyouruncle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Somewhat helpful
Published 28 days ago by Louise S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good perspective of behaviors that can be valuable to teens ...
Good perspective of behaviors that can be valuable to teens and young adults. I recommend reading not only as a teen but also as a parent or guardian.
Published 29 days ago by Sonic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any teen or really any person!
I read this book with my freshmen high school English classes. I chose it because I thought I teaches great things that any teen needs to know to succeed in life. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Kristen F. Zumwalt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i brought ten books for all my teens student
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