The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Version: Abridged
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Narrator: Stephen R. Covey
Genres: Business, Self-help
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: January 2000
Length: 1 hour, 12 minutes
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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."

Reviews (16)

Written by Laurent Delaunay on May 23rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Stephen Covey is always good and convincing about living a balanced and yet dream-achieving life.

Written by Elisabeth Trost-Shahata on February 18th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

These ideas certainly stand the test of time. Really helpful!

Written by Justin Ayers on September 26th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Shurkle. Its ok. Wish I could of grasp more. Seems maybe too long. I think it could have been about 6 hours shorter. The author repeats himself using differently words. I'll have to listen again one day.

Written by Amada Acosta on September 16th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

this book is highly efficient! I recommend it! Perception is reality to some people and it's good to know how to act

Written by Tressie Gibson on September 15th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love the insight I have gained and hope that it helps!

Written by Kolan Lynch on April 2nd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Works great for long drives to work or trips, helps pass the time.

Written by Janice Albokai on November 20th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great Business Book! For small business owners, solo preneurs, sales professionals.

Written by Gail Foster on November 7th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This was disappointing. Not very engaging. Didn't know I was buying the abridged version.

Written by Charles Howard on February 9th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Written by Matt Jenkins on January 14th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Covey, Stephen R.

In 1996, Stephen R. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top 25 power brokers. Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, with sales exceeding one million, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Dr. Covey's newest book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, which was released in November 2004, has risen to the top of several bestseller lists, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today Money, Business Week, and and Barnes & Noble. The 8th Habit has sold more than 360,000 copies.

* In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.
* A survey by Chief Executive Magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century.
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook on tape is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, selling more than 1.5 million copies.
* Over two million copies of First Things First have been sold. Simon & Schuster expressed the opinion, "...First Things First is the best-selling time management book ever."
* Dr. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families was released in October 1997 and ranked fourth on the New York Times list within three months of its release date. It is the No. 1 best-selling hardcover book on family.

Dr. Covey is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey's vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world. Dr. Covey's organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger of Covey Leadership Center with Franklin Quest created FranklinCovey. Dr. Covey's vision of empowering organizations to implement "principle-centered" leadership in their cultures continues to be an important focus of FranklinCovey.