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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey – This Book Will Change Your Life

August 5, 2011
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Anyone who thinks the audiocassette adaptation of Stephen Coveys bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is a shortcut to reading the book has another thing coming. As a preview, the cassette is worth every one of its 90 minutes; as a substitute for the original, it will only leave you wishing for the rest. Theres a reason 7 Habits has sold more than 5 million copies and been translated into 32 languages. Serious work has obviously gone into it, and serious change can likely come out of it–but only with constant discipline and steadfast commitment. As the densely packed tape makes immediately clear, this is no quick fix for whats ailing us in our personal and professional lives.

The tape opens to the silky-smooth, overtrained voice of the female narrator, whos responsible for tying together audio clips from actual Covey seminars. Leaving aside the occasional attempts at promoting Covey and his institute, her script does a first-rate job of making sense of Coveys own intense, analogy-rich style of explaining his habits. Theres nothing simple about his approach to becoming an effective person. The first three habits alone–which have to do with personal responsibility, leadership, and self-management–could take years to master. Yet the last four are unattainable, the narrator insists, if you cant acquire the personal security–the inner core, says Covey–that presumably comes from a mastery of the foundation.

Throughout our lessons, Coveys presence is both learned and thoroughly appealing. He drops references to the likes of Socrates, T.S. Eliot, and Robert Frost with the aplomb of an English professor. And his knack for mixing everyday stories with abstract concepts manages to clarify difficult issues while respecting our intelligence. You could argue that the cassette is nothing more than a clever marketing tool for selling another few million copies of the book. But, even at that, its worth the investment in time and concentration: in the end, were moved to learn more about integrating all seven habits in our struggle to become better and, yes, more effective people. (Running time: 1.5 hours, one cassette) –Ann Senechal

I Love This Book.
This is one of the classic books of this genre and with good reason. It works. Sure, it gets somewhat of a bad name sometimes because if you work in an office environment, youve probably been forced to attend the training associated with the book, but you have to overlook this. It really works and if you can just get past the corporate aspect of it, you will see results. Another really good book like that I enjoyed is Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind by the great Napolean Hill. If you like books like Seven Habits, youll love what he had to say about success and achieving it.

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