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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 ...more
Paperback, Anniversary Edition, 372 pages
Published November 9th 2004 by Free Press (first published August 15th 1989)
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Stephen
Dec 04, 2013 Stephen rated it did not like it
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FIVE "PRACTICAL" HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

First, a few comments on the seven so-called “habits” identified in the book, namely:

1.Be proactive,
2.Begin with the End in Mind,
3. Put First Things First,
4. Think Win-Win,
5. Seek First to Understand, then to be understood,
6. Synergize
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Chad Warner
Apr 17, 2016 Chad Warner rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chad by: Jeff Disher
This book explains 7 Habits that can make a person more effective personally, professionally, and in family life. Covey shows how to build the healthy relationships that are key to an effective life. This classic is well worth reading for its perspective and practical advice.

Concepts
Correct Principles: Covey frequently references his Christianity. He says the Habits are based on "Correct Principles" (aka Natural Law) found in Judeo-Christian scriptures and common to major religions.

P/PC Balance:
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Virginia
Sep 25, 2007 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Ever since I worked at the bookstore at Virginia Tech, I would watch the douchebag* business major undergrads buy this book for their classes and look down upon them, and the book by association, as, well, douchebags.

*This is not to say that all undergrad business majors are douchebags. I've met one really really awesome one. Additionally, after working at a major university bookstore, a majority of all undergrad students can be fairly classified as douchebags. Jebus.

Consequently, I never picked
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Malbadeen
Nov 30, 2010 Malbadeen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people that don't think Stephen Covey has enough money
I think the sign of a great book is when, right inside the cover there is a pull out brochure that encourages you to order more of the authors products - that's some quality shit when you see that.

But the book itself, well it has charts: flow charts, boxed charts, circle charts, up and down charts, sideways charts, charts with arrows, charts with triangles and charts with dotted lines.
This book uses words like "synergy" and "proactive"....repeatedly
This book has "application suggestions".
This
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Manny
- Hon, did you sleep okay? You look kinda weird.

- Well, I don't know how to say this...

- Yes?

- I had this dream where I talked with God.

- Was She black?

- No, I'm serious! I did! It was, like, utterly real. It was the most real thing that's ever happened to me.

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MJ Nicholls
Apr 14, 2013 MJ Nicholls marked it as getting-even
One of the most-highlighted books on Kindle, proving that human beings thrive on snappy buzz-quotes written by middle managers like David Brent who partake of the music of M People and Steely Dan Kool & The Gang, and whose souls were long ago vacuumed out in a boardroom somewhere during a PowerPoint presentation. Regard:

What you are shouts so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.

This incoherent drivel has the most highlights. Regard the faux-profound self-importance of the “cannot”
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Amer Alkharoubi
أول قراآتي لستيفن كوفي كانت "ترتيب الأولويات .. المهم يأتي أولا" !! وبدع قراءتي لهذا الكتاب اكتشفت أنه اصدر قبل الكتاب الآخر بأكثر من سنوات

كتاب العادات السبع كتاب مأصدر عام ولازال يغير في الناس من ذلك الحين

من الكتب التي يجب اقتناؤها و تدريسها وقراءتها بين فترة وأخرى وخاصة أوقات التخطيط والتغيير

رائع ويفتح لك مجالات وأفكار لم تكن لديك أي فكرة عنها أو كانت غائبة عن ذهنك

باختصار .. لو عاد بي الزمن ، سأقرأ هذا الكتاب كأول مادة أقرأها بعد تعلمي للقراءة
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Jul 30, 2016 Maddie ♥ ┼ rated it really liked it
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Thank you Emma for the recommendation - this book so meant so much to me - I will keep the memories and the knowledge with me forever

Thank you for being an awesome friend!
Darth J
Re-reading an old favorite.
Salma Fathey
Oct 03, 2012 Salma Fathey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"العادات السبع" أحد أشهر كتابين في إدارة الأعمال، وثانيهما هو "دع القلق وأبدأ الحياة" لدايل كارنيجي.

يبدأ كوفي حديثه بالتأكيد على أنه لا يخترع العجلة من البداية؛ كما أنه لم يخترع العادات السبع التي يذكرها في كتابه، لكنه فقط يضعها في منظومة وبترتيب حتى يسهل استخدامها.

يؤكد كوفي على أهمية التغيير الداخلي للفرد، لأن الإنسان لن يتغير إلا إذا أراد هو ذلك، كما يؤكد على المفاهيم الدينية والأخلاقية للإنسان في العمل والحياة. أصبت بالاستغراب نوعا ما نظرا لاهتمامه بالعنصر الديني المسيحي اليهودي، إذ يشتهر مع
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Jan-Maat
Jul 24, 2015 Jan-Maat added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pilgrims who think that vanity fair is no vanity
Recommended to Jan-Maat by: A course tutor
This was recommended reading following on from a course and I found it to be an odd mix of the homely and the disturbing.

On the whole it's probably the dogmatic air of absolute certainty that I find disturbing, that and the way he describes how he reduced his son to tears over keeping the garden in good order. Reading this book is rather like having a very one-sided conversation with a particularly earnest and opinionated drunk who isn't shy to jab you in the chest with a fore-finger to underlin
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Kay
Oct 16, 2007 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: myownbooks
easy to read :) but hard to do :D hahahah
Wafaa Khaled
Oct 12, 2011 Wafaa Khaled rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-development
قويم ،
و قوي .

قام على ثلاث أسس / نفسك - الآخرين - التجدد :
كن فعالاً - ابدأ بالنهاية - ضع الأهم أولاً /
النجاح للجميع - افهم أولاً - التناغم /
التجدد .

1. كن فعالاً : أنتَ تتحكم بحياتك ، و أنتَ الظروف لا الظروف هي أنت . فلا يجبُ أبداً أن ترى نفسك خلال محيطك بل يجب أن تبحث عن نفسك ، كيف هي من دون هذا المحيط ، و كيف ستكون لو كان المحيطُ مختلف ؟

قم بتوسيع الدائرة من حولك لتتعرف على نفسك . اقطع وعوداً صغيرة لأصدقائك في البداية و حاول أن تلتزم بها ، لتعتاد على صغيرها و توفي بكبيرها . حوّل تساؤلك : لماذا حد
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Greg
Inspirational, developmental, and practical -- what a combination! The principles of behavior covered in this groundbreaking and long-respected book are of great worth to anyone seeking success in career, family, or any other aspect of their life. Covey discusses first the actions we must take (or habits we must develop) internally first - getting our heads and hearts right first. These include being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, and putting first things first. These constitute the ...more
طريف
من بين الكثير من كتب التطوير الشخصي التي قرأتها هذا العام، أعتقد بأن كتاب كوفي “العادات السبع” أفضلها على الإطلاق، وهو دروس فعّالة في عملية التغيير الشخصي. الكتاب مادة دسمة للغاية، كما يخلو تقريباً – وحسبما أرى – من سلبيات وعيوب كتب التطوير الشخصي ..
يعرض المؤلف في كتابه الضخم – 500 صفحة – معالجة شاملة ومتكاملة وواضحة المبدأ من أجل حل المشاكل الشخصية والمهنية.
هناك ثلاث أفكار أساسية, تشكل القاعدة التي ينطلق الكتاب منها نحو رسالته:
الإنسان يملك حرية الإستجابة تجاه المنبهات
طريقة النظر للمشكلة قد تكون
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Aya Hassan
Apr 12, 2016 Aya Hassan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
النسخه المترجمه كارثه من كوارث الزمان
جعلتنى اكره الكتاب واكره المؤلف واكره القراءه بذاتها
Ahmad Sharabiani
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
عنوان: هفت عادت مردمان موثر؛ نویسنده: استیون آر. کاوی؛ مترجم: گیتی خوشدل؛ تهران، نشر البرز، 1375؛ در 189 ص؛ مصور، نمودار؛ شابک: 9644420160؛ چاپ دوم 1376؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، پیکان؛ چاپ هشتم 1380؛ چاپ نهم 1381؛ چاپ پانزدهم 1384؛ در 189 ص؛ شابک: 9643280829؛ چاپ بیست و هشتم 1392؛ چاپ سی و دوم 1395؛ موضوع: موفقیت - خودسازی - جنبه های روانشناسی و خلق و خوی مردمان تاثیر گذار؛ قرن 20 م
عنوان: هفت عادت مردمان موثر؛ نویسنده: استیون آر. کاوی؛ مترجم: مح
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Corinne
Aug 30, 2015 Corinne rated it really liked it
I had to read this book for a professional development seminar. Then, I re-read it again, for personal reasons. It’s a book that is rich and dense, but worth the time and energy.

The first notion that struck me was ‘the fundamental shift of perception’, which changes our perspective on things in matter of seconds. When I rose above myself and did this, all of a sudden I was not the same person. Quite a few things that I’ve been trying very hard to change for a long time, changed almost immediatel
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Stacey
Sep 20, 2007 Stacey rated it did not like it
Oh my Gawd, how much did I hate this one. We had to read this the summer before a freshman college Intro to Business Class - perhaps I read it at the wrong age? When Steven Covey starts talking about his kid mowing the lawn and the motivation behind it...ugh!

Needless to say, I only got through about 2 of the 7 habits - I guess I'm not a highly effective person. And I will not be purchasing any of Mr Covey's time management calendar systems either, thank you very much.
فائق منيف
Aug 27, 2012 فائق منيف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اقتباسات من الكتاب:

كوفي: كلما تمكنت من فهم الآخرين فهما عميقا زاد تقديرك لهم وزاد شعورك باحترامهم

كوفي: كتابة اليوميات التي تضم أفكارنا وتجاربنا ورؤانا وتعاليمنا تعزز صفاء الذهن ودقته

كوفي: لا توجد طريقة لتثقيف عقلك وتوسيع مداركك بانتظام أفضل من عادة قراءة الكتب القيّمة

كوفي: الصور الصغيرة من العطف واللباقة مهمة للغاية

جونسون: لا يمكن أن تكون هناك صداقة بدون ثقة، ولا ثقة بدون صدق

إيمرسون: عندما تصرخ في أذني لا أسمع ما تقول

كوفي: إن البداية الحقيقية للتأثير تحدث عندما يستشعر الآخرون تأثرك بهم

كوفي: ا
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Nora
I read only the first twenty pages of this book, and that was enough to make me want to gouge out my own eyeballs. It is so repetitive and the author just gives all these ridiculous, impossible analogies that you're supposed to relate to or learn something from. He goes on for pages about himself and his job and his wife and kids. Totally unnecessary. It really is all just common sense stuff that you already know, but preached at you over the course of pages and pages of utter nonsense. For exam ...more
ثامر الحمدان
"تتكون شخصيتنا في الأساس من عاداتنا , تزرع فكرة تحصد عملاً , وتزرع عملاً تحصد عادة , وتزرع عادة تحصد شخصية , وتزرع شخصية تحصد مصيراً "

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واضح أن الكاتب بذل جهداً بحثياً كبيراً , لكن برأيي سببت كثرة المعلومات الغير مهمة وتفاصيل التفاصيل والتكرار بأن تكون النتيجة ( حشو كلام مع قليل من الفائدة) , فهو يذكر مبادئ العادة والمشاعر ومسبباتها أكثر من أن يذكر طرق لتعزيز عادة حميدة أو مكافحة عادة سيئة , فمثلا مالذي يهمني أنا كقارئ أن أعرف عند حديثي مع الغير أن مايعمل الأن من المخ هو الفص الأيمن أو الأيسر !
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Rowena
Jul 13, 2013 Rowena rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was just alright. I was slightly disappointed as I have had this book recommended to me by countless people so I did expect better. I felt it could have been condensed to a quarter of its size easily.The book was also written in the 80s and I could easily tell (personally, I feel it's in need of a 21st Century update). I did give it 3-stars though because there were parts I found useful and interesting, especially the section about writing a mission statement for oneself. I guess this ...more
Ah Med
Jan 06, 2014 Ah Med rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رأئع رائع رائع
كل صفحة منه تحمل بين طياتها معلومات قيمة ومفيدة!
الكتاب عبارة عن تنمية بشرية وسيرة ذاتية وادارة اعمال وادارة الذات والكثير !

افضل مافى الكتاب انه ليس كغيره من الكتب التنموية التى قرأتها.. الكتب الاخرى تحدث تغييرا ظاهريا من حيث طريقة معاملاتك مع الاشخاص التى قد ينتابها بعض من النفاق !

لكن هذا الكتاب يحدث تغييرا جذريا بداخلك ويكون منبع التغيير داخلياوليس ظاهريا فقط!
يساعد على تطوير الشخصية بكامل إرادتك

اسلوب العرض قد يصيب البعض بالملل ..
لكن وفرة المعلومات تطغى على الملل

#ينصح به
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Dec 26, 2014 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it it was amazing
This book changed how I worked and how I set goals. It isn't the feel-good self-help book it appears.

Read again before going back to work in January 2014. I think it's fitting that the first time I read this, I was in grad school and planning for the future, and that I would read it again as I leave behind the career I was planning for back then. Well, somewhat. I'm letting music librarianship go and focusing on being an assistant director in the library, and also to figuring out what the next
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Bushra Omar
Oct 19, 2012 Bushra Omar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

في كتابة المراجعات لكتب التنمية البشرية، أحب أن ابدأ بآخر ما أضافه الكاتب!، و السبب في ذلك كثرة الحديث عن "لحظية" النتائج بعد قراءة الكتب من هذا النوع، و الحقيقة أن هذا الأمر لا يسيء للتنمية فقط، بل يشمل حتى الملتقي الذي وضع نفسه خارج دائرة الاستفادة والتغيير، و في هذا الحديث الكثير من الحق، كما فيه عدم الفهم

يختم ستيفن كوفي كتابه بهذا المقطع : [ أنا شخصيًا أصارع الكثير مما رويته لكم خلال هذا الكتاب، ولكنه صراع مثمر و ذو قيمة.. و هو يعطي معنى لحياتي و يمكنني من الحب وتقديم الخدمات وتكرار المحاولة
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شمس الدين
يعطينا هذا الكتاب مبادئ اساسية لمن يريد ان يكون فاعلا ً في هذه الحياة
ما يجعلني اقبل علي قراءة تلك النوعية من الكتب خاصة الكتب الاجنبية ( ليست كل الموضوعات طبعا لان هناك اشياء تبيع الهواء ) و ان احكم عن مثيلاتها العربية اننا للاسف الشديد نتكلم من واقع قراءة الكتب الاجنبية مع حرفية اعادة صياغتها و بعد التجارب الهزيلة نوعا ما في الحياة العامة ...ما نفعله هو مجرد تعريب لا معايشة صادقة , لا اريد المبالغة و لكن فعلا اشعر ان كتاباتهم مبنية علي اولا ممارسة فعلية حفيفية لتلك الاسس الانسانية التي يصيغونه
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Mohammad
Dec 12, 2010 Mohammad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قرأته بالعربية ، أتصور أن من يقول أن "ستيفن كوفي " هو نبي أمريكا الجديد ، يستخدم تعبيرا مجازيا يكاد يتجه نحو الحقيقة
الكتاب مملوء بالحكمة، وهو من الكتب التي غيرتني
Joseph
Feb 29, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing
I bought The Seven Habits at a yard sale for $1 with little knowledge of its contents. Years later, when my life dipped to a low ebb of meaning and motivation, I picked it off the shelf in hopes of finding a spark. Inside I found wisdom, compassion, a direct approach and a love of humanity.

The result wasn't immediately transformative. The methods and techniques Covey espouses didn't fall into place and turn me into a whirlwind of positive productivity. Reading The Seven Habits was just one of m
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Ann
Mar 13, 2015 Ann rated it did not like it
This is my husband's favorite book. Obviously he is more effective than I am.

Dividing my life into squares, writing in those squares the things I have to do, then doing the "most important" may make me effective, but is that my best life?

Choosing to do the things that I want to do rather than the things I need to do, adds interest to my existence. If I take the scenic route, and run out of gas doing it, I find adventure, and often meet AAA wrecker drivers who could write books on their experie
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