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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by [Covey, Stephen R.]
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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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Dun's Business Month

When Stephen Covey talks, executives listen.

M. Scott Peck

author of The Road Less Traveled

The 7 Habits have the gift of being simple without being simplistic.


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  • File Size: 6090 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671663984
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (November 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GOZV3TM
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I like the basic formulation of a balanced success in life. We need to satisfy with ourselves first and then with others. Lastly we need to renew ourselves to keep moving. I have noticed that these principles are well established in family life and in business as well. Moreover I have understood why this book has been referenced so many times in TOC literatüre.
1. Be proactive... Set goal, identify constraint
2. Begin with the end in mind.... Set goal, identify constraint, exploit, subordinate everything else
3. Put first things first...... Focus on constraint
4. Think win/win.... Basic TOC philosophy, every conflict can be removed
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood... TOC Layers of Resistance, paradigm shift
6. Synergize..... Layers of resistance, thinking process, set goal, focus on constraint, celebrate success
7. Sharpen the saw........ Beware of inertia!

I feel better when I recognize how intuitive TOC is in comply with Blue Ocean, 7 Habits, Good to Great,... several books...
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A rare self help book. It is not full of motivational oneliners and quick pick me uppers. It is a serious book with profound wisdom and spirituallity. This is the kind of book that you would want to go back and re-read for years. There is no fluff to this book. It is solid advice that you can put to practice, but it also requires soul searching and transformation from the inside out. It aims at a paradigm shift. What I love about it is that the author brings to light all the concepts with concrete step by explanations. Most self help books that claim to make a difference in your life either do not go deep enough on the big questions like "why" or "how" or get too heady and never show you how to apply the concepts back to everyday life. This author has done both masterfully. This book will spoil you for other self help books. Actually after reading this one, you won't need another self help book. It's been weeks since I bought it and I am only half way through it. I want to keep on reading, but I find myself slowing down, re-reading, taking notes and jounaling about what I am learning.
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I have first read this book in the year 2000 and I can't fully describe how powerfully it has impacted my life. It totally changed my view in life, how I interact with people and most importantly how I can lead an effective and purpose driven life. I have read it more than 7 times since then and I still find something new it. And every time I read the book, I find myself committed to the principles mentioned in the book. The best part of this book is it doesn't teach techniques as other self-help books do but principles which help you make long lasting changes in your character.
Because of the book, I have moved to another country where I can get a decent life and employment, got my masters degree and quintupled my income. Everyday, I try to apply the principles underlined in this book and I found them (though sometimes hard) but very rewarding. I highly recommend the book to anyone, I can't imagine anyone who could not be helped by this book.
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This book is widely regarded as a classic and with good reason. I first read it perhaps 20 years ago as a young man and I wish I had read it even earlier, perhaps as early as junior high school.

In the hyper-crowded sector of self improvement books, there are probably about only 10 titles worth reading and this is one of them. Timeless principles that are well thought out and apply to any situation in life.

I know the author received some flack several years ago on his perceived stance against homosexuality, and I think it is very unfortunate that he chose that view. It is unfortunate for two reasons- the first is that (aside from it being none of his business) this view would seem to contradict Principle 7 of an "Abundance Mentality," that there is enough for everyone and we should just live and let live. The second is that it cast a shadow over what is otherwise a fine and thoughtful work.

Nevertheless, this is a book that anyone interested in being the best version of themselves that they can be, should read. Maybe more than once.
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Way too muddled in anecdotal "Aunty May" stories. Trying to find specific information on what constitutes the Character Ethic, for example, i.e. what exactly IS the theory is, is like pulling teeth. And the author defines Principles by refusing to define them, just offering a kinda few examples of what would be considered a Principle (without explaining why they're considered principles). What you get instead 98% of the time are "good ol boy" stories, how he mis-related with his son, yada-yada. Unflatteringly feels like a Sunday-school class for fourteen year olds. Get ready for a long winded soft sales pitch. 'Pitty, because there are bits of brilliance to be found, if you can stomach your way through the 98% FLUFF. The author doesn't even talk about Dependent, Independent & Interdependent levels of maturity until AFTER the meat of the book, i.e. it's added as an afterthought, even though this critical point supports WHY one is supposed to strive for interdependency in one of the 7 habits.
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