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  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Revised edition edition (15 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743272455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743272452
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,674 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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According to Steven R. Covey, to live with security and wisdom, and to have the power to take advantages of the opportunities that change creates, we need fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity. Quite a tall order when you consider that most of us live our lives in a permanent state of flux, questioning our ideals and values and fighting a daily battle with the lack of self-confidence that stops us from taking risks of any kind. But, in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey manages to make it sound as if changing the way we look at ourselves and the world around us so that we can become more successful both personally and professionally an absolute doddle. He defines the "habits" as "the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire" and states that the "Seven Habits" of the title are not mutually exclusive, but rather when developed together help to form a well-rounded, sensitive, confident and effective human being.

As with many self-help books, much of what you read here is based on basic common sense and can at times be irritatingly obvious. However, what Covey manages to do so successfully is to break down the barriers which prevent all of us from taking a long hard look at ourselves, and then gradually introduces new rules which allow us to move first from dependence to independence and then towards the ultimate goal of interdependence. But of course, the only real way to test the value of The Habits--be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think "win/win", seek first to understand and then to be understood, synergise, sharpen the saw-- is to work on them. This book is as good as any place to start on the road to self-awareness and self-improvement in the workplace and in the home without becoming too irritatingly smug and self-satisfied. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Ken M. Radziwanowski AT&T School of Business Picture someone going through the best experience they've ever had in terms of training -- that's what they say. People credit the 7 Habits with changing their lives, with getting back on track personally and professionally.

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309 of 323 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 31 Dec. 2004
Format: Library Binding
This became a major best-seller, highly influential in both management and personal development circles. Covey's seven habits are fairly obvious, fairly simple, yet are lost in the morass of hype and counter-hype his book provoked.
Covey looked at the characteristics of the successful, reducing these to seven principles, seven good habits that successful people generally demonstrate. Developing good habits is an advantage: by definition, if they are 'good' habits, they do you good. Brian Clough, the football manager, used to insist that his players learned good habits, that they learned to do the basics, the simple things well; once they could trust themselves to do the basics, then they could progress to try the novel, the special, to inject that little spark of genius which would win the game.
But Clough was talking about football, and doing what was necessary to win the game. Covey talks about successful people. You have to keep asking, what constitutes 'successful'? Becoming rich? Or being happy, contented, in harmony with the world and the people around you?
Covey suggests you choose your own definition of success. You set your own goals. And, the first thing you have to do is believe that you can change your life. Covey's principles, then, become the yardsticks by which you both measure change and motivate yourself to change - you decide on the good habits Brian Clough demanded, and get into the habit of doing things which will aid your change.
Covey, however, relates change and success to quality of life - although his book has often been seized upon as a manual for business success and profit. He says there is no easy way to achieve change. It requires work - and requires that you develop new, good habits while eradicating old, bad ones.
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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful By 100wordreviewer on 23 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a powerful guide to self-improvement. The "habits" are common-sense: be proactive, or "seek first to understand, then to be understood". The writing is clear, presenting each habit in a way which is easy to apply to oneself. If you're looking for a self-help guide to living a more focused, targeted life, you can hardly do better than this.
The downside is that this is a massive, densely-written book. Just reading it, let alone internalising and acting on it, is a major project. Many readers will dip into it; lose interest; and let it gather dust on the shelf.
Summary: excellent self-improvement guide, won't work for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sacha Haworth on 5 May 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Seven habits is a self help book, originally published in 1989. It centres on the idea that in order to be successful you must develop some particular character traits. The idea behind the book is that most modern self-help books put forward the idea that if you change small aspects of your behaviour, you will be a better person. Covey's approach involves changing your whole way of approaching life.

The book starts by identifying principles on which you think it would be good to live your life (with some examples) and writing a mission statement. The purpose of this is to change how you approach problems and relationships. It moves on to demonstrate how to anticipate and solve problems before they become crises, how to plan properly, how to negogiate towards better outcomes in day-to-day dealing and how to listen effectively. There are tasks for you to work through and things to think about whilst reading the book when are there to encourage your engagement with the message of the text.

The ideas put forward in the book are sound, and once you are aware of the traits Covey suggests, you can start to identify them in people who are successful and the lack of them in those who struggle. For me, this really affirmed what the book was saying. The book is organised well, and it's easy to work from one habit to the next in such a way that they all integrate together.

There are couple of problems with the book; it's not perfect. Most of these are a product of the time in which the book was written, and it's a flaw that the new editions have not been updated to reflect how times have changed. In 1989 it was acceptable to invent and use jargon frequently, whereas now we prefer to read things in plain language.
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113 of 124 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Cook on 22 Dec. 2004
Format: Library Binding
First off im the kind of person who looks at reviews like this (normally) and thinks, yeah right! What a load of rubbish probably just the same old stuff.
I have purchased many books/CDS etc off Amazon but I have never written a review. In fact I dont think I have ever written a review on anything!
However this book deserves my comments. Are you happy in life? Most people will say yes but I believe that most of us are not, at least not a happy as we could be.
This books helps you find your own motivations and principles, it questions them and it helps you fix them, it helps you to live.
This is the most useful information I have ever digested, the content is more useful than any qualification or training course I have ever attended.
I would put this book on the national curriculum if I could.
Read it and see you cant go wrong for the price!
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