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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by [Covey, Stephen R.]
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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. --Joan Price

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6090 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671663984
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (15 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GOZV3TM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a disappointment. I heard a lot about this book and as it was on offer at the time - £0.99 - I thought “why not”. I now realised I should have said “why?”

Who would have thought it: Making plans, setting reasonable goals, checking your progress and adapting it to changing circumstances and building up networks worked! Emmm, well pretty much everyone actually.

The examples in the book were laboured and just fitted too nicely into the points the author was making, which lead me to believe they were cherry picked to fit. Or they could have been constructs of various people he’d met along the way, or real, who knows? The book isn’t referenced so it’s impossible to verify. I also disliked – intensely – the feeling I got from the book about dealing with demanding managers – get into their good books before anyone else does. He also gives an example of a typical working day that last 12 hours! Really?

Also the liberal use of the word “paradigm” begins to annoy one. So much so that every time I read it I substituted “model”. I should have known that if I’m editing a book in my head while reading it something’s wrong.

Rash generalisation also got on my nerves. For instance the frequent reference to Christian beliefs assumes all readers are church goers – I’m not - and after a while I had to skip bible stories to get to the actual point.

The final breaking point was the Left brain / Right brain personality type – it’s wrong. And it was proven wrong 8 years before the book was published. By that time I’d had enough. If you want advice on time management and people skills look elsewhere.

This was not worth the money even at 99p
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It was on my reading list at Uni and I'm glad it was. These sort of books are my thing and I've read many from this genre. This is the best I've seen so far.

My only regret is not reading this while the author was still alive, as I have many questions but the beauty of the book is that he gives you the tools to work those answers out yourself. Whether you wish to improve your personal, family, business or social interactions, this is the book for you
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I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I got it because it was a Kindle daily deal and because I had heard many people rave about it. The title had always put me off before - it sounds like a book for managers on how to make more money. On one level it is, but it is not a get rich quick scheme. Following the seven habits can make you more effective in any area of your life. It has even inspired me to write a personal mission statement - something that I never expected to want to do.
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I came upon this book in an MBA reading list and whilst this is categorised as a self help book, it clearly has implications to management and leadership within a business context but also beyond the world of work.

To me the book’s title suggested this would be more of an analysis of really “effective” (I read “successful”) people and how they achieved their success. In the end this was more of a guide to living a principle centred life. Which sounds boring but actually for me this book had an enormous impact on how I see my life and all my many roles, employee, manager, husband, son, father, friend, brother. This book is holistic, it is not a guide to career success, but a guide to how to live your entire life and the key is it helps you to write your own guide, define your own version of success, creating your own mission statement that allows you to keep perspective, and refer to your principles to help you make decisions from the big to the small.

The book is written from the point of view of the author, Stephen Covey, and the lessons he has learned from his study of personal effectiveness. Covey is clearly a thoughtful man and one who has applied his seemingly great intellect, ambition, dedication and emotional intelligence to providing a guide to living a principle centred life. The style of this book is quite informal, with a conversational tone. You feel often as though you are in a conversation with Steven Covey - albeit a one way conversation if that makes any sense!

The structure of the book is clear, it is based around the 7 habits but also gives a map of how they interrelate. The language is clear and convincing. Ideas are well developed with multiple examples to illustrate the points being made.
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This is a classic book and still has a lot of value today.

It offers solid advice that is as far from "get rich quick" and "ten easy tricks for lazy people" as it is possible to get. But it is inspiring and can help you build the character you need to succeed and do so consistently.
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I've just read this book for the third time in about 15 years and still it inspires me. This book may appear to be about leadership at work but it is just as applicable to all areas of life. For me it's about how to be a better person and get more out of life.
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I have owned a copy of this book for about 15 years and it has taught me so much. As a trainer I have used its content widely and can see in other materials how widely the concepts are used. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to influence at work
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