The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Version: Abridged
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Narrator: Stephen R. Covey
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Development
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 (20)

Written by a alvarez on October 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

awesome book to read and to share with family and friends


Written by Krista D on July 4th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was an alright book but nothing miraculous. Simple points that are stretched out a little too much for me.

Written by Michael Herb on September 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I like the book because it advocates for being a healthy, well-balanced person who's first commitment is to his/her own integrity. It talks about how being effective first involves mastery of the self. After that has been attained, a person can successfully work with others. It also goes on to explain the need for constant growth and how everyone should make that apart of their daily life. I believe in the principles laid out in this book and find it a refreshing change from most books in the self-help genre.

Written by Brionna Gripentrog on September 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed the content of this book. I believe in taking the necessary steps to implement the teachings in the book into everyday life will have a significant positive impact on my life as well as anyone who really listens to it.

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.

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.