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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Overview

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 (8)

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.

Really?

Written by Anonymous on April 21st, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

You should already know the 7 habits. How did this get to be a hit?

Brief

Written by Drew from Taylors, SC on June 5th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Written by Anonymous from Goodyear, AZ on December 22nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

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.

Dated...

Written by JCLivingston on December 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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..

Hill's Disciple

Written by Daniel Taibi on February 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

7 habits of highly effective people

Written by Anonymous on July 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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

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 Amazon.com 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.