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

Version: Abridged
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Narrator: Stephen R. Covey
Genres: Self Development
Publisher: Franklin Covey
Published In: October 2011
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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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 (41)

Save you the trouble

Written by Anonymous on July 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

If you are interested in this book go to the source and read Machiavelli's 'the prince'. Basically this whole book says to be successful be a jack ass. I have just saved you all those hours.

this is it?

Written by Troy Thompson on April 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a good introduction to the principles and a great way to get a good start on some of these things. I think after this, that it might be worth going to a seminar. I don't know if I'd read the entire book or listen to the unabridged version. Again, this is a great way to get a quick start on the habits.

Copy Cat

Written by Daniel Taibi on February 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Stephen Covey has focused and rephrased 7 of Napoleon Hill's "keys to success". I don't know that this will help you become a corporate tychoon, but it may help you live a better, "principle centered" life.


Written by Robb Odom on February 1st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is great abridged version of a fantastic. Covey does a great job reading the book. I'm a big fan and am glad I listened.

A little too Professor like

Written by Marc Kuiper on December 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It's an interesting book. Though it seems to be written by a professor for a professor. The language is not for the "common man".

Very Useful

Written by Dalida Jongsma on October 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoy Mr Covey's books. I listen to them every few months because they truly inspire you to become a better person.


Written by Diana from Gig Harbor, WA on June 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Something missing in this abridged version. I think this book is best read in it's entirety.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Written by Bianca Constance on February 18th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I will never again listen to an abridged version of ANYTHING. It was a waste of my time. This book should never have been recorded in an abridged version. There is entirely too much useful information that is not given in this completely useless CD set. In fact, the only reason why I gave this 1 star out of 5 stars is because "zero" is not an option.

7 Habits

Written by Christy A on January 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I tried to read this book, then ordered the cd. I enjoyed the cd much more. I didn't get bogged down with the Cd like the book did. I also enjoyed his storeies and examples from the CD more than the book. For anyone who has attempted to read the book I would recommend the cd.

Very good!

Written by EF Heyn from Vernon, NJ on November 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed it! Well performed, excellent, and very true to the book. I highly recommend this audio book!

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.