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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

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Narrated By: Stephen R. Covey

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2001

Duration: 3 hours 23 minutes

Summary:

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."

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  • Daniel Taibi

    Stephen Covey is good ... but he is repackaging for you the work of Napoleon Hill. Most people find Covey easier to listen to than Hill, so give it a shot. But this book isn't so much about success in achieving big goals as it is about living a principled and balanced life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Drew

    To my disappointment, this was a single track - one CD book. While it does serve as a quick reference to the material in the book and gets its point across, I would have enjoyed a little more depth on the discussion. Like Cliffnotes, you miss the character and the deeper meaning without a build up of whys and hows. Worth a listen to those that want a quick overview, but I wish I had spent my checkout on something a bit more substantial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I am sure it is much better to attend one of Steven Covey's workshops than to listen to this abridged version. Between his voice (which is fluff and mushy) and the narrators, I was happy it was only one cd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • JCLivingston

    Perhaps the entire book was better but this version is a cliffnote version only suited to those who want to brush up on material they already know. For those looking for motivation, look elsewhere. I can see how this was wildly successful a long time ago, because most of what you hear here is repeated in newer motivational material. As for the actual presentation of the CD, I found it very annoying to go from two different presenters. First, there is a professional reader that summarizes the material and then there is Stephen Covey himself (poorly recorded live) that throws in a story here and there. It goes back and forth like this throughout. Avoid..

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Charles Howard

    Far above average . This book is a classic every American every citizen of the world should have a copy read it study it and read it again.

  • Matt Jenkins

    Good insights that can be applied to both personal and professional relationships. The teachings and theories aren\'t rocket science, but they are well packaged here. However, I have two complaints, 1) In a few places, the narrator references a companion worksheet, which is not available on Audiobooks. 2) The musical interludes are rather annoying, drawn out and unnecessary. The book could probably have been cut down by almost 15 minutes without these interludes.

  • Anonymous

    I must not be a highly effective person. Because it is now 3 months later and I don't even remember the book.