The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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by Stephen R. Covey

ISBN-10: 0743272455

ISBN-13: 9780743272452

Pub. Date: 11/09/2004

Publisher: Free Press

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity -- principles that give us the…  See more details below


In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity -- principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

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Table of Contents




The Seven Habits -- An Overview


Habit 1 Be Proactive

Principles of Personal Vision

Habit 2 Begin with the End in Mind

Principles of Personal Leadership

Habit 3 Put First Things First

Principles of Personal Management


Paradigms of Interdependence

Habit 4 Think Win/Win

Principles of Interpersonal Leadership

Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Principles of Empathic Communication

Habit 6 Synergize

Principles of Creative Cooperation

Part Four: RENEWAL

Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw

Principles of Balanced Self-Renewal

Inside-Out Again

Appendix A: Possible Perceptions Flowing out of Various Centers

Appendix B: A Quadrant II Day at the Office

Problem/Opportunity Index


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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 194 reviews.
Jimz007 More than 1 year ago
I came across this book after seeing an endorsement from Covey on another great book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0. I loved it. Covey taps into some fundamental aspects of human nature and, despite being 20 years old, the ideas are fresh and compelling. Covey offers easy fixes and straightforward formulas backed by an incredibly detailed program for boosting your career and efficacy. It's dense and Covey is long-winded, but the wisdom provided is worth the effort. Each chapter is dedicated to one of the habits, with the first half of the book focused on moving from dependence to independence (i.e. self mastery) and the last half focused on interdependence (working with others): * Habit 1: Be Proactive Take initiative in life by realizing your decisions (and how they align with life's principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Taking responsibility for your choices and the subsequent consequences that follow. * Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envisioning the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. * Habit 3: Put First Things First Planning, prioritizing, and executing your week's tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluating if your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you towards goals, and enrich the roles and relationships elaborated in Habit 2. * Habit 4: Think Win-Win Genuinely striving for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Valuing and respecting people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way. * Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood Using empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening, take an open mind to being influenced by you, which creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving. * Habit 6: Synergize Combining the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. How to yield the most prolific performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership. * Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw The balancing and renewal of your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable long-term effective lifestyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a personal change book, I found it rather a hard read. The book to me is, well, complicated. The seven habits make sense and all, but the whole process seems to involve making layers of change, with each layer being a whole book in itself. Not a very quick read, and I'm not saying its not worthwhile and all, it's more a book that you have to be willing to work with. Readers who like less sophisticated personal change books might enjoy The Sixty-Second Motivator.
Luvbooksthatmakeyoubetter More than 1 year ago
One EVERYONE should read. Preferrably as soon as their old enough to comprehend it--teenager possibly. Helps you evaluate your goals & priorities in life and determine what kind of person you want to be and how to be successful. Excellent!!! I'm now reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Steven Covey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good info to know and learn from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
  I found The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people to be not only incredible, but inspiring, too.  It focused on how to better yourself, in your own personal views, and in working with others.  The chapters are set up so that there is a chapter for each habit.  The first half of the habits focus on independence, and how to be your own person.  They tell you how to shift your views, and how to focus on goals and ideas.  The second half is centered around working better with others.  It talks about how to synergize with others, and promote cooperation.  The ideas are then nicely tied together at the end of the book.  I suggest this book for all people young adult, and older.  It is a difficult read, and seems to focus more on that age group, making it not the best for younger reader.  I enjoyed the book, but it seems that most people of my age group would not.  However if it is something you enjoy, I think it is very important think to have read at some point in your life.  As I said earlier the book is a bit difficult to read, but nothing above high school level.  It is written very well, and is very true in it's meaning.  The 7 Habits of Highly effective people is an amazing book that everyone should read, so they can better their personal and work lives.           -GWG
headhurts More than 1 year ago
Very good info. Wish I had purchased this book when it was first published.
Brett-Vanderwater More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read to keep on track and effectively work through professional and personal challenges. Brett Vanderwater, MBA, CIA, CMA, CTP
RI_Pete More than 1 year ago
This book offers a way of thinking and acting without taking a political or religious stance. It is well researched and the author gives excellent examples from his own life. A great gift for graduates but read it yourself first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not that I'm an expert on the subject, but I'm guessing that this isn't your typical success book. In many ways it's a general purpose psychology book, dealing with such things as motivation, organizational skills, and how to deal with stress. It's chock full of seemingly unique information, and interesting quotes and tidbits. For example, it states 'Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success. Leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.' The book isn't boring or repetitive, and is written in a pleasing, conversational manner. Everyone should give this a read, not just those interested in business success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with the book. The author starts to provide an example of what he is talking about, but never completes the outcome - it leaves you guessing. There are easier reads, which I have listed that can supply you with the same information. For example, Covey states that he wants principles not based on the Bible, but it seems that the principles are restated Biblical principles. Begin with the end in mind. In Biblical language we would say 'Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24.) Or sharpening the blade - Biblically it would be examine thyself or study to show thyself approved. Unfortunately, there is nothing new under the sun and if there was the 7 Habits would not be it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had trouble trying to agree with many authors that seem to believe that their views will solve all the world's problems. They try to fit everyone into categories and say what should be done within each group. Covey, on the other hand, gave some real virtues that will help anyone to better themselves and their relationships with others. I loved the reading as well.
JoshW45 3 months ago
This book will change your life. I've read it several times. Every few years I read it again to make sure I continue to adhere to the habits. Everyone needs to read this book.
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All the pages of the Fireside Edition has turned yellow, as it was printed on low quality paper, while the Barnes and Noble receipt, from 9/30/1994 remains pearly white. The book is base upon religion, which is finally mentioned, in the last page of the last chapter, quite deceptive, from someone advocating living a Principle-Centered paradigm. Bought this book, from a Barnes and Noble Book store, eon ago, and left it unread, until a recent de-cluttering initiiative. Better late than never.
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