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Living the 7 Habits: The Courage to Change [Paperback]

Stephen R. Covey
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3 July 2000
The author introduced the seven habits in his first book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Now he shows how they have touched the lives of millions by profiling the people, institutions, companies and governments that have incorporated the habits into their lives.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (3 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743209060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743209069
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, Dr. Stephen R. Covey dedicates his life to teaching principle-centred living and leadership to individuals, families, and organizations. Dr. Covey has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and has also been recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans

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Stephen Covey's famous The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been teaching people and organisations how to be more effective since 1989. But how do Covey's principles translate for real people living their lives? Living the 7 Habits presents more than 70 little stories of people as they meet challenges and practise the seven habits. Some are ordinary slices of life; others are pivotal moments or life changes. A 76-year-old man who had overdrawn his wife's "emotional bank account" starts making deposits of chores, favours and special dates until love is rekindled. A woman changes her life after her husband dies of cancer. Children teach parents empathic listening. A banker-turned-minister, cleaning his gun as his pregnant wife naps on the couch, accidentally discharges it, killing his wife and the unborn child, and learns to recover from grief and guilt. Parents learn to hear their teenagers' anxieties with respect and understanding. A clinical-psychology researcher, moved by statistics that one-third of foster kids never return to their birth parents or get adopted, creates a village for former "unadoptable" children, their new parents, and volunteer "grandparents". The stories are organised thematically into individual, family, community, education and workplace--with commentary from Covey following each story. If you practise the seven habits and seek inspiration and a feeling of community, this book will help you find both. --Joan Price


John Gray author, "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" Stephen Covey has touched the lives of many. This book offers hope and proves the "7 Habits" are truly worth LIVING. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of excellence!! 5 July 2001
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If you have read the 'seven habits' book, this captures the practical essence of the habits by visiting people's lives who have experienced them first-hand. The stories are inspiring, some sad, others uplifting, but all have a message that makes you stop and think deeply about the application of the seven habits. If you can stomach the 'American Dream' image portrayed, then these stories are heartwarming and moving. Recommended
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3.0 out of 5 stars An OK follow-up to an unbeatable book 29 Dec 1999
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It would be no exaggeration to say that "The Seven Habits" changed my life, and continues to do so. Every time I return to it, I find new insights and renewed inspiration.
This probably means I was expecting a bit too much from "Living the Seven Habits"! "Living the Seven Habits" is ... OK. It consists of various personal stories of people who have incorporated the seven habits into their lives, and the positive effects this has had. For the most part, I found these stories rather trite; the wonderful thing about the original book was that its insights were so universal. The personalization should have made those thoughts even more meaningful but instead left me cold.
Perhaps the most useful section is the Q&A session with Stephen Covey at the end, where he talks about further insights he has gained in the past 10 years.
To anyone who hasn't read any of Covey's work I would say: don't start here. Read "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" and come to this book if you then feel you'd benefit from a more personalised approach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These examples were very helpful 22 Oct 2003
I have to admit that when I first read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" I recognized its value but was not highly enough motivated to incorporate it into my daily life. Then with the passage of time and particularly after reading Covey's "Principle-Centered Leadership" I came back to it. Yet there was still something holding me back. The missing something was "Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration" with its multitude of examples of successful application in real world situations. I needed the encouragement of others to tell me "Hey this is how I applied it; it worked for me; you can do it, too." I feel that I will be most effective by referring to all three books because there is a multiplier effect - the three together are greater than their simple sum.
"Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration" is a collection of personal statements in four broad contexts: individual, family, community and education, and workplace. This synopsis is about the person who was appointed change agent of a major company that, with an annual growth rate of 40%, was one of the fastest growing companies in the world. " My goal was to create an organization of fifteen thousand exceptional businesspeople. We assumed that everyone wanted to be an entrepreneur within the company, and we gave them credit for having the brains and initiative to do it. My mission was to change the culture within what is essentially a virtual company. Our corporation had more territorial rivalries than the Middle East. Information was hoarded. Communication was disjointed. Trust and synergy were virtually nonexistent. Suddenly, the competition was all over us, undercutting our prices and courting our customers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Motivational tape 5 Oct 2009
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The product was very old, outdated and demotivating, and the seller never care to return my several e-mail.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 Habits in action! 15 Jun 2004
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I hesitated to buy this book. After reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I thought that Dr. Covey had said all that he needed or could say. Boy was I wrong?
In living the 7 habits, Dr. Covey brings the 7 Habits to life. This book touched my heart and my soul. It made me dust of my old copy of 7 Habits and read it again along with this volume. It made the 7 Habits work like never before and created more balance and happiness inmy life.
If you are not touched agter reading this book, then you had better check your vitamin dosage. It is powerful.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Provides evidence that the 7 Habits work 22 Mar 2000
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This is clearly a secondary work. It is more in the nature of evidence that the principles taught in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People work.
Putting the Seven Habits to work requires commitment and patience. In my personal life, I have always had to work very hard to choose my response, instead of just snapping at the other person if they did not agree with me.
I find many of these stories interesting. However I also find that this book is not essential to following the Seven Habits. The best use of this book is if you are skeptical about the Seven Habits, then you can read it so that you get proof it works. Then you can go to the main book.
This said, I believe that Stephen Covey must get off the Seven Habits bandwagon. His first work was a masterpiece that I continue to read and re-read. Subsequent derivative works have not achieved the greatness of the first, and he is in real risk of diluting the Seven Habits franchise if he goes on and on. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is a completed work. The brilliant thinking and concepts that produced it do not need a book every year to keep them going.
I also believe that the observance of the Seven Habits are a necessary condition for true success but not a sufficient condition. It would be enlightening to see Dr. Covey explore other essential areas of improvement in self, family and business without necessarily being locked in to the Seven Habits. I want to know if there are habits eight, nine and ten. I suspect there are, though I don't know what they are.
It's time for a paradigm shift, Dr. Covey.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great supplement to 7 Habits 19 Jun 1999
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I have been a fan and student of StephenCovey for many years. I read and re-read7 Habits, which I believe is one of the best, if not the best personal development books on the racks right now. For those who have written negatively about this book and refer to it as a repeat of Covey's earlier work, keep in mind, that the title is a dead give away to the message---You must "LIVE" the 7 Habits and put them into practice--the stories are so inspiring and prove that the 7 Habits have changed many peoples lives. Two other books that I recommend are Superself and Think and Grow Rich. Also Financial Self Defense, which in my opinion is to personal finance what 7 Habits is to personal growth.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enought to learn, you must LIVE the 7 Habits 1 July 2004
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What I liked about this book is that it includes many inspiring stories, but even better, goes even deeper into the 7 habits than the original book did and in a different way.
This book should be read in addition to, not in place of The 7 Habits. It is not the "same book on a different cover." It is an expanded version of The 7 Habits.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very uplifting, great paradigm for living 21 Feb 2005
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It's difficult to give enough praise to what Stephen R. Covey does. I love reading his books and almost anyone will benefit from browsing through the different stories about how people had the courage to face their problems and change by engaging in positive behavior. To state the obvious, 'Living the 7 Habits' is an inspiring read. I would urge a bit of caution, however, in that the laboratory of the real world may not cooperate much with a person living the seven habits. On the other hand, Covey never says it's easy and he at least indirectly reminds the reader that incorporating the seven habits into one's life is an enormous amount of work.

Some of the stories are funny, some are quite sad, and they all demonstrate how the people who were challenged by life had to grow in some way. Living the seven habits is tough, and the reader cannot expect the world to play along, but trying is worth the effort, and the rewards from doing so can be more satisfying than a person ever imagined. I think the people that Covey wrote about in the book would agree.

In addition to about 300 pages of very readable, relevant stories about overcoming adversity and finding a better way of living, the book invites the reader to share stories that are similar to the ones in the book by writing the Franklin Covey Company. Covey also has a Q&A section at the back of the book which is insightful and fun to read. Altogether a very worthwhile book. econ
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