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    1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People : Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0743269519
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-09)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 344
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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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 to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best business/success books out there
    Unfortunately, during my experience with corporate America I've had several business/success books thrust upon me. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is the only one that was worth reading.

    This book, coupled with the First Things First training I received at work has had an enormous impact on me. Five years later, I still organize my life based on my mission statement, roles, and goals. I plan weekly and take time out to Sharpen the Saw. I don't always live up to the seven habits, but at least I'm going in the right direction. Periodically I pull this book out of my bookshelf and flip through it to reinforce the lessons it contains. It's also one of the few books I've ever bought someone as a gift.

    My biggest criticism is that Covey has a tendency to beat you over the head with examples. Numerous times as I read the book I thought to myself, I get it, move on. My other big complaint is that this book coined the word "proactive," which is believed to mean the opposite of reactive, but actually means that the person using it is an idiot and needs to resort to using made-up words to appear highly effective.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has definitely changed my life for the better.
    This is a book that has changed my life irrevocably and forever. It required great energy, patience and time to read, one with much meaning and very deep in content. In fact, after struggling through the first two Principles outlined in this book I found myself putting it away on the shelf. For nearly a year it sat there and I didn't pick it up again until I had another reason to. The second time around I could not put the book down and took prolific amounts of notes. The third time I read it I learned even more.

    This book is about self, about becoming the true you and living your life optimally. This is not a pep-rally or a psychological breakdown of "The 100 Top Tips to Boost Your Self-Esteem". The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is all about understanding where you can (should) be taking yourself in your life. The influence, the support, the understanding, the energy that Dr. Stephen Covey discusses comes from within yourself; it is not an external influence that fades as soon as the source is gone. You create it; you live it; it becomes you and you become it. These principles are not subject to the whims of others. You create yourself, you build upon yourself and you become an effective person in your life through learning to help yourself and others. You learn how to graduate from dependence to independence and then even further on to a higher level: interdependence all by looking deeply within yourself and following seven sound principles that are laid out in a very logical, rational and emotionally-sound manner. The principles behind Dr. Covey's ideas are based on faith in self, community and God. He helps you to understand the philosophy, "Love Me for Me."

    In The Seven Habits, Covey talks about the Personal Mission Statement. This is a project that you create, write, rewrite over and over until it describes the person you most want to be. Then you simply spend the rest of your life living those beliefs until you become that person. It is probably the easiest, yet most difficult thing you will ever do in your entire life. Why? Because you must devote your entire life, and energy to this task. How easy it is to become side-tracked and slide into old habits of comfort. But these old habits are the ones that you want to rewrite with new, better habits. This is a difficult road to follow. It is also, without a doubt the most rewarding activity you will ever do in your entire life. After all, the most rewarding things in life are often the most difficult.

    Stephen Covey outlines the best strategies for maximum effectiveness in this great book. The fact that this book has remained a best seller for over 15 years should tell you something about the merits of the informmation that it contains.

    Highly recommended book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely a must read book
    I have worked for major corporations and I have been self employed in direct sales and network marketing. Hardly a day goes by when I don't find someone who recommends and in many cases, carries The 7 Habits around with them in their briefcase.

    In a world of me, me, me, me. It's great to have a noted and highly respected authority like Dr. Covey teach the concepts of "Win-Win" and "seek first to understand, then be understood."

    I am also happy to see that Dr. Covey has endorsed network marketing and recommends it. easy to understand why. Network marketing is indeed the wave of the future so it makes sense that the professionals of the present and the near future will be applying Dr. Coveys techniques just as those Fortune 500 companies have been doing since the 1980's.

    Great book. I highly recommend it to everyone and especially network marketers who want to significantly grow their business.

    Thank you Dr. Covey for a great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
    The way the author has deconstructed human development and potential is insightful. The author's view is that people first develop a triumvirate individual competances and skills.

    1) Be Proactive.
    2) Begin with the End in Mind.
    3) Put First things First.

    Once they have mastered this they can then accelerate the results they achieve by mastering 3 more skills that enable them to enable others.

    4) Think win-win.
    5) Seek first to understand.
    6) Synergize.

    Encompassing these 6 habits is the seventh habit which emcompasses the others is the

    7) Sharpen the saw.

    Though the some of the ideas are a little trite or naive together they form a good toolset. ... Read more

    2. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
    by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0071401946
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-18)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 797
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    "Most books make promises. This one delivers. These skills have not only helped us to change the culture of our company, but have also generated new techniques for working together in ways that enabled us to win the largest contract in our industry's history."--Dain M. Hancock, President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

    A powerful, seven-step approach to handling difficult conversations with confidence and skill

    "Crucial" conversations are interpersonal exchanges at work or at home that we dread having but know we cannot avoid. How do you say what needs to be said while avoiding an argument with a boss, child, or relationship partner? Crucial Conversations offers readers a proven seven-point strategy for achieving their goals in all those emotionally, psychologically, or legally charged situations that can arise in their professional and personal lives. Based on the authors' highly popular DialogueSmart training seminars, the techniques are geared toward getting people to lower their defenses, creating mutual respect and understanding, increasing emotional safety, and encouraging freedom of expression. Among other things, readers also learn about the four main factors that characterize crucial conversations, and they get a powerful six-minute mastery technique that prepares them to work through any highimpact situation with confidence.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tool that gets results!
    As a coach to both individuals and groups, I see the very costly problems in the workplace that result from the important conversations that are not occurring because they are too hard or scary. The cost includes harm to relationships, careers and the bottom line. Both executives and high performance teams have been derailed by not addressing the dead elephants in the room. Crucial Conversations is absolutely the best book on the subject of difficult and critical communication. The book is very well organized, presenting clear steps to create an environment in which the hard conversation can happen. There are so many tools in this book that if it were not so well organized and presented in stages, the reader would be overwhelmed. The authors handle this very well - you can tell there was experience and expertise in adult learning informing the structure of the book. Why my clients and I become so excited about the book is its immediate results. You can start using the concepts and skills before you have finished the book! The foundations of making the environment safe - even for someone you may not like or respect is particularly effective. I have been very pleased with the results I have experienced - as well as my clients. Every leader should have this book on their bookshelf!

    A bonus to readers is the continued support from the authors on their website described in the book. There is a wealth of additional information, interactive reviews, assessments and even video vignettes that illustrate the learning points with relevance and humor. For those truly smitten, there are training courses available to assist in obtaining personal mastery or even to teach the material if desired. I recommend this book and Primal Leadership to top-level executives in the federal government and private sector. I, and they, have never been disappointed at the difference it has made. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crucial Conversations - Crucial Results
    I have read Crucial Conversations cover to cover 4 times now. The results in my business and my marriage have been amazing. The book is well written and easy to understand. It teaches step by step skills to help you master the content. Before reading this book, I thought influential people possessed a natural ability to effectively handle conflict. After reading the book, I now realize that there are specific skill sets that anyone can learn (and master) to effectively deal with these "High Stake," "Strong Emotions," and "Opposing Opinion" conversations.

    My confidence and productivity has increased in every area of my life (My business has increased by 30%-50% since I read the book the first time) and I am now effectively handling conversations with my wife that once caused constant upset.

    I would recommend this book for anyone 1) wanting increased results and 2) willing to have a profound breakthrough in how they communicate. It has made a profound difference for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Packed With Knowledge!
    Wanna argue? Nope. Then you need Kerry Patterson and his co-writers, who describe techniques for effective negotiation and conflict resolution in the context of important, potentially life-changing conversations. Examples include talking yourself into a promotion, bringing up important information at meetings and working out problems with your spouse. Some tips will sound familiar, such as knowing what you really want and being open to alternatives. However, the book also highlights some themes that are often forgotten in negotiations, such as making it safe for others to express their true feelings and desires. The authors explain how to avoid getting forced into false either-or choices and tell you how to remain alert for unstated alternatives or possibilities. This lively book includes many examples drawn from business and personal relationships. We recommend it in particular to those are new to negotiations and conflict resolution, though it teaches solid skills that any manager - or any marriage partner, for that matter - could benefit from mastering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, illustrated with clear diagrams
    I bought this book after I heard Dr. Glickman, the author of Optimal Thinking-How To Be Your Best Self, recommend it during an Optimal Thinking seminar. When I read that Dr. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, recommended this book too I knew that this was going to be a life-changing book for me. I was right. This book has given me a formula for handling myself and others correctly during tough interactions. I am embarrassed to admit that I sometimes yelled and degraded people when I did not get what I wanted from them. Now I use optimal thinking to put my best self in charge, start with heart, look for safety problems, make it safe, retrace my path, and take the other steps recommended in this book. The steps are simple and clear. I am not perfect at them yet, and might never be, but I have already come a long way. You can't go wrong with this book, so press the "Buy" button right now, and if you want to optimize your effectiveness in all areas of life, buy the other books I mentioned.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very basic common sense!
    I was lead to believe there would be some ground beaking information in this book but it's really just common sense. I think everyone knows, when they're thinking straight, that just being true to yourself, honest, and respectfull of other people while holding to your point of view is the only way to truly get things done. And this is basically all this book says. ... Read more

    3. The 8th Habit : From Effectiveness to Greatness
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0684846659
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-09)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 67
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    In the more than fifteen years since its publication, the classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has become an international phenomenon with over fifteen million copies sold. Tens of millions of people in business, government, schools, and families, and, most important, as individuals have dramatically improved their lives and organizations by applying the principles of Stephen R. Covey's classic book.

    The world, though, is a vastly changed place. The challenges and complexity we all face in our relationships, families, professional lives, and communities are of an entirely new order of magnitude.

    Being effective as individuals and organizations is no longer merely an option -- survival in today's world requires it. But in order to thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in what Covey calls the new Knowledge Worker Age, we must build on and move beyond effectiveness. The call of this new era in human history is for greatness; it's for fulfillment, passionate execution, and significant contribution.

    Accessing the higher levels of human genius and motivation in today's new reality requires a sea change in thinking: a new mind-set, a new skill-set, a new tool-set -- in short, a whole new habit. The crucial challenge of our world today is this: to find our voice and inspire others to find theirs. It is what Covey calls the 8th Habit.

    So many people feel frustrated, discouraged, unappreciated, and undervalued -- with little or no sense of voice or unique contribution. The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul's yearning for greatness, the organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice." Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new book of next-level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the Knowledge Worker Age. The 8th Habit shows how to solve such common dilemmas as:

    • People want peace of mind and good relationships, but also want to keep their lifestyle and habits.
    • Relationships are built on trust, but most people think more in terms of "me" -- my wants, my needs, my rights.
    • Management wants more for less; employees want more of "what's in it for me" for less time and effort.
    • Businesses are run by the economic rules of the marketplace; organizations are run by the cultural rules of the workplace.
    • Society operates by its dominant social values, but must live with the consequences of theinviolable operation of natural laws and principles.

    Covey's new book will transform the way we think about ourselves and our purpose in life, about our organizations, and about humankind. Just as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People helped us focus on effectiveness, The 8th Habit shows us the way to greatness. ... Read more

    4. First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy
    by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill
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    Asin: 0684802031
    Catlog: Book (1996-01-17)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 3129
    Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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    What are the most important things in your life? Do they get as much care, emphasis, and time as you'd like to give them? Far from the traditional "be-more-efficient" time-management book with shortcut techniques, First Things First shows you how to look at your use of time totally differently.Using this book will help you create balance between your personal and professional responsibilities by putting first things first and acting on them. Covey teaches an organizing process that helps you categorize tasks so you focus on what is important, not merely what is urgent. First you divide tasks into these quadrants:

    1. Important and Urgent (crises, deadline-driven projects)
    2. Important, Not Urgent (preparation, prevention, planning, relationships)
    3. Urgent, Not Important (interruptions, many pressing matters)
    4. Not Urgent, Not Important (trivia, time wasters)

    Most people spend most of their time in quadrants 1 and 3, while quadrant 2 is where quality happens. "Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things," says Covey. He points you toward the real human needs--"to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy"--and how to balance your time to achieve a meaningful life, not just get things done. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An unexpected life-changer
    I have to get a couple of things out of the way right now to make you understand why this book has been so important to me (and could be to you as well). First, I am definitely someone who shuns most self-help tomes--I think most of them are crutches for weak people too lazy to get their acts together or too clueless to embrace a little common sense. Second, my prior experiences with the Covey cult were less than satisfying, as I had a boss (now departed) who talked the Covey talk but did not (I now see) truly walk the walk. This book differs from the _7 Habits_ texts in that it really deals with taking the general Covey concepts ("principle-centered living") and giving them a practical sheen--in this case by applying them to time management. Learning to divide my activities between "urgent" and "important," planning my life around certain "roles" that I have to fill, and composing a "mission statement" (a much more realistic and helpful version of year 2000 New Year's resolutions for me)--these were the concepts that have really helped me organize my life as efficiently as possible (and I was already pretty organized). I highly recommend buying the book and then following up by getting a Franklin Covey planner, where you can take the lessons from the book and start building your time and life around them. I have loaned the book to several friends and students (I teach high school) and all of them have benefitted from it in some way or another. Buying _First Things First_ will be one of the best things you can do for yourself.

    And I can't believe I just wrote a positive review of a self-help book. Trust me on how helpful this book can be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I JUST CAN SAY "WHAT A BOOK"
    First, let me say that i'm a mexican citizen so please do not be so hard about my english, any way i'll try to do my best. i like to be an honest human being, so about "FIRST THINGS FIRST" it was a gift i got from a friend in San Antonio tx., and even knowing that i have not ended the book yet because my job, in the first chapters i had readed i have found many ideas to increase my succes as well as my productivity in the office, but the most important thing i have found is the real meaning of the word "share" and this is because i'm starting to learn that i do have to have time for my family as well as for my profession i do not know whats going to happen when i finish of read this "CLEVER WAY TO SHARE THE MEANING OF LIFE" but i'm sure that at the end there is only going to be one word to "STEPHEN R. COVEY"............THANKS A LOT ARTURO ARMENTA V.

    3-0 out of 5 stars If you've read '7 Habits' you don't need to read this
    While the information in this book is still relevant and helpful, it's basically a rehash of much of the information covered in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Some of the ideas about mission statements and priorites are discussed more thoroughly and there is more specific information on time management like handling the "big rocks" in your week, but overall it seemed like a review. If you haven't read '7 Habits,' then it's a very useful approach to time management and setting the priorities in you life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Dr. Covey
    This book makes a great addition to The 7 Habits. First Things First is as the title indicates a book about time management. But more than that, about people management. It's about social skills and so much more.

    Whether you like Covey or not, this book will impact your life. A highly recommended book to succeed in the new millenium.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiritional and practical
    USA Today said that Stephen Covey is the hottest self-improvement consultant to hit U.S. business since Dale Carnegie and I agree. Covey is the best.

    In First Things First, Covey discloses powerful time management techniques. What makes this book different from typical time management books and programs is that Covey shows you how to see the whole picture rather than tiny fragments of our lives.

    Before reading and applying the techniques in First Things First, I would always lament

    "I have too much to do---and not enough time to do it."
    "I can't balance my personal life with my business life."
    "There is too little of me and too much to do."
    "I don't feel in controlof my life."
    "Why do I feel so empty all the time."

    What you won't find in this book is another daytimer program or another clock. Covey explains why it is more important to know where you are heading instead of how fast you are going. You won't find the old theory of working harder, faster, smarter and more, more, more. It's about effectiveness, not efficiency. And most importantly, it really works.

    Thank you Dr. Covey! ... Read more

    5. The 7 habits of Highly Effective People : 15th Anniversary Edition
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    Asin: 1929494750
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
    Publisher: Covey
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    6. Living the 7 Habits : The Courage to Change
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0684857162
    Catlog: Book (2000-03-14)
    Publisher: Free Press
    Sales Rank: 10353
    Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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    "To live with change, to optimize change, you need principles that don't change." -- Dr. Stephen R. Covey

    Success that endures -- sustainable and balanced success -- can seem difficult to achieve in today's turbulent, complex world of change. But those who achieve this kind of success live by seven universal, timeless, self-evident principles that apply in any situation, in any culture.

    In Living the 7 Habits: The Courage to Change, Dr. Covey shows how successful people have used these principles to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and change their lives. By showing how real people have used the principles to thrive in a changing world, he provides practical guidance and powerful inspiration to readers searching for a proven framework for living a meaningful life. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's not enough to know, you must also do...
    I like this book. It is very inspiritional. It's sort of like Chicken Soup for the Soul or like an Millionaire Next Door for inspirition and attitude. It tells stories of people who have done it---used the 7 Habits and gotten incredible results.1 star reviewers don't like it because it takes all of the wind out of their claims against Covey and his philosophy.I particularly enjoyed the story on page 57, "I can choose my life." Very, very powerful.7 Habits should be your first book to read. You can then add this one either as a companion to while reading 7 Habits or after you get through the 7 Habits.I also recommend Principle Centered Leadership.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 7 Habits in action!
    I hesitated to buy this book. After reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I thought that Dr. Covey had said all that he needed or could say. Boy was I wrong?

    In living the 7 habits, Dr. Covey brings the 7 Habits to life. This book touched my heart and my soul. It made me dust of my old copy of 7 Habits and read it again along with this volume. It made the 7 Habits work like never before and created more balance and happiness inmy life.

    If you are not touched agter reading this book, then you had better check your vitamin dosage. It is powerful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not enought to learn, you must LIVE the 7 Habits
    What I liked about this book is that it includes many inspiring stories, but even better, goes even deeper into the 7 habits than the original book did and in a different way.

    This book should be read in addition to, not in place of The 7 Habits. It is not the "same book on a different cover." It is an expanded version of The 7 Habits.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gives Real Meaning to the Original Book
    You can compare this book to the laboratory portion of a class, that brings the textbook to life. As a follow up to his original 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (the textbook), Covey uses Living the 7 Habits (the lab) to let people tell how they applied the 7 habits at work and in their personal lives, and describe the results.

    The result? Far more interesting than the original book. You will enjoy reading these intensely personal and often dramatic stories, and you will reinforce what you learned with the first book.

    Covey does a fine job of elaborating, as good teachers do, on the points made by the contributors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A multitude of examples of successful applications
    When I first read "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" I recognized its value but was not highly enough motivated to incorporate it into my daily life. Then with the passage of time and particularly after reading Covey's "Principle-Centered Leadership" I came back to it. Yet there was still something holding me back. The missing something was "Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration" with its multitude of examples of successful application in real world situations. I needed the encouragement of others to tell me "Hey this is how I applied it; it worked for me; you can do it, too." You need to read all three books because there is a multiplier effect - the three together are greater than their simple sum.

    "Living the 7 Habits: The Courage to Change" is a collection of personal statements in four broad contexts: individual, family, community and education, and workplace. This synopsis is about the person who was appointed change agent of a major company that, with an annual growth rate of 40%, was one of the fastest growing companies in the world. " My goal was to create an organization of fifteen thousand exceptional businesspeople. We assumed that everyone wanted to be an entrepreneur within the company, and we gave them credit for having the brains and initiative to do it. My mission was to change the culture within what is essentially a virtual company. Our corporation had more territorial rivalries than the Middle East. Information was hoarded. Communication was disjointed. Trust and synergy were virtually nonexistent. Suddenly, the competition was all over us, undercutting our prices and courting our customers. One of my directives was to make the company more competitive and to learn faster than our competition. My job was to help create among the company's widely scattered population a sense of shared purpose (Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind). After recruiting the best, brightest, and most highly motivated people, we gently immersed them in the realities of our business, presenting them with information on profit margins, the marketplace, and the influences impacting the decisions of their customers (Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood). They were also introduced to a specially designed 7 Habits course to provide them with foundational principles and context for the other materials. There were only three rules: Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Take care of this place. It wasn't long before mission statements began appearing on cubicle walls, and the conversations among employees were marked by references to making deposits into Emotional Bank Accounts. It was an experience of self-discovery for many people. They realized that the company valued them. I had spouses come to me after their husbands or wives had been to a session and say, 'This changed my life because it changed our family.'"

    Not all the stories relate specific actions against a specific habit. This is a synopsis of a story by a person from Indian stock whose grandfather was cheated out of 160 acres of oil-rich land. "It was only after he died, when we were going through his papers and correspondence, that I realized what a phenomenal man my simple, unassuming grandfather actually was. The Washington my grandmother referred to was actually Washington, D.C. In his papers, we found letters from governors, senators, U.S. representatives. Some congratulated him on his fiftieth wedding anniversary; others thanked him for his help with legislation issues and for his community service. I sat there thinking, "Did they know the same man I did?" He had no eloquence, no wealth, not even his own home. Yet here were famous, powerful people corresponding with him. I realized that his life had been lived not to acquire things for himself, but to help other people. He had lived a life of integrity, honesty, and dedication to family and community all the while toiling in relative obscurity and humility. Once, before he died, he told me that there are two reward systems: people who will be rewarded here and people who will be rewarded later. 'These are not the same people,' he said. He continued, 'For all that you don't see in a reward system now, you will see some other time.' We debated long and hard what to do about the situation. Should we sue him to take back the land? Should we let it alone? Shouldn't he have to pay for his wrong doings? In the end, we knew. We knew what he would do. He would let it alone and allow the taxpayer to reap whatever rewards his behavior would cause him to reap, whether here or later. My grandfather might not have been able to leave us 160 acres of oil-rich land in Oklahoma but he left us something far more important. His insistence on humility, on compassion, on spending his life trying to help those around him with no thought of reward or praise is now our family legacy. He has changed generations of people with the help he gave. Can you put a dollar-and-cents value on that? I say absolutely not. We now have a value I try to instill in my own family to continue the legacy started by the Choctaw preacher who never owned his own home."

    I think there is a maturity continuum. It is as though most other books address the nuts and bolts of doing business well - and of course that is important - and then we discover that there is something more to business than just that. Then we are ready for Stephen Covey. ... Read more

    7. Prisoners of Our Thoughts : Viktor Frankl's Principles at Work
    by ALEX PATTAKOS, Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 1576752887
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-10)
    Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
    Sales Rank: 8197
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    This timely book expands on Viktor Frankl's seminal Man's Search for Meaning, examining the book's concepts in depth and widening the market for them by introducing an entirely new way to look at work and the workplace. Alex Pattakos, a former colleague of Frankl's, brings the search for meaning at work within the grasp of every reader using simple, straightforward language. The author distills Frankl's ideas into seven core principles: Exercise the freedom to choose your attitude; Realize your will to meaning; Detect the meaning of life's moments; Don't work against yourself; Look at yourself from a distance; Shift your focus of attention; and Extend beyond yourself. By demonstrating how Dr. Frankl's key principles can be applied to all kinds of work situations, Prisoners of Our Thoughts opens up new opportunities for finding personal meaning and living an authentic work life. ... Read more

    8. Focus : Achieving Your Highest Priorities
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 1929494696
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
    Publisher: Covey
    Sales Rank: 10663
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    The Focus workshop presents an engaging and inspirational learning experience and will change your life in ways you never thought possible.

    With this audiobook, you will begin a process and journey to a new way of thinking about personal and professional focus and accomplishment. You'll learn how to identify -- and focus -- on the tasks and priorities that matter most so that you can deliver maximum results every day.

    You'll learn to turn the things you have to do into the things you want to do. Dr. Covey and master facilitator Steve Jones introduce you to the FranklinCovey workshop that has already helped 10 million people become more productive.

    With this audiobook, you'll also receive these valuable tools from FranklinCovey:

    • A handy job-aid on Keeping Your Focus, designed to carry with you to remind you how to stay focused and achieve results
    • A Resource CD-ROM packed with great tools such as teaching wizards to help you identify your values and mission and how to set goals
    • A free 30-day trial of FranklinCovey's PlanPlus™ for Microsoft® Outlook®
    • A screensaver of 200+inspirational quotes
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Overview of Franklin Covey Principles
    During my initial first few minutes of listening I realized that Stephen Covey wasn't the main speaker on this tape (he narrates some sections). Suddenly I thought maybe the quality would be mediocre. That this would be some cranked out product just to make a buck. I was wrong. I listened to all 3 CD's (the 4th is a computer demo) and enjoyed the presentation highly.

    Steve Jones is the person who gives presentation. I believe it is a recorded live process. What I liked about this alot is it covered all of the Franklin Covey time management principles in a very focussed manner (hence the title...??).

    This CD series serves as an excellent refresher or introduction to the principles of managing your time. They introduce the time quadrants and explain in pretty good detail how to use paper, PDA or computer planners to manage your time. The sessions never bog down in any one area and they move from topic to topic at just about the right pace.

    Obviously this CD set has some ties to the services and courses offered by Franklin Covey. They'd love it if you registered for the full course or bought a $200 planner/binder. However the course on tape/CD will standalone quite well. The speaker is clear and has a good delivery. I enjoyed this and found the time passed quickly (which doesn't always happen) as I was listening. Buy this - you won't be sorry!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Who Said This AUDIO CD is No Good?
    I think this set of CD with CD-Rom is a good deal. Covey is also in the audio program, with both other Frankin Covey's associates inside as well.

    This program updated Frankin Covey's previous What Matters Most program, and has added a lot of additional perspectives on integrating PDA, Window Outlook, and Paper-based planning tools.

    This program has its value. The previous 2 comments in this customer review have not provided a fair, in-depth look at this new program. I almost missed buying/owning this new, interesting CD set, if I had totally bought into the last two comments, which could be quite one-sided--biased!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Some new, Some old
    While initiallly rehashing Covey's four quadrants theory, the book lays the groundwork for setting priorities. People who do not have time to take the Focus On Priorites course will gain insight into Covey's methodology of setting goals and priorities. While not as inspiring as other works, it still was a good help (but not great)...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Reputation Damaged
    This is basically a rehash, in some cases, word for word of a Hyrum Smith audio "Managing Personal Change" The audio is not done by Dr. Covey, it's done by another individual who's not very entertaining, it seems memorized.

    I've long admired and respected everything else from Dr. Covey and this "rendition" shocks me. A repackaging of old stuff, uninspiring. I feel cheated. ... Read more

    9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Personal Workbook
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0743250974
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-02)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 6141
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Internationally renowned leadership authority and bestselling author Stephen R. Covey presents a personal hands-on companion to the landmark The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has become a touchstone for individuals, families, and businesses around the world. The overwhelming success of Stephen R. Covey's principle-centered philosophy is a testament to the millions who have benefited from his lessons, and now, with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Personal Workbook, they can further explore and understand this tried-and-true approach. With the same clarity and assurance Covey's fans have come to appreciate, this individualized workbook teaches readers to fully internalize the 7 Habits through private and thought-provoking exercises, whether they are already familiar with the principles or not. This reference offers solutions to both personal and professional problems by promoting and teaching fairness, integrity, honesty, and dignity. An engaging new companion to a bestselling classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Personal Workbook will help readers set goals, improve relationships, and create a path to life effectiveness. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Repeat Old Stuff Again and Again--No New Meat No New Insight
    I don't think Covey wrote this workbook himself.

    The writing style is not "Coveyist" at all.

    This book has nothing new to say. 7 habits become old, boring habits, without new perspectives or insights to the readers.

    It is time for Covey to really think Win/Win with his readers. Write more good books. Not just do too much out-sourcing or sub-contracting in writing.

    Practice the Law of the Harvest that he always preaches. He will reap what he has sowed. ... Read more

    10. First Things First
    by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill
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    Asin: 0671315560
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 38603
    Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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    First Things First is a revolutionary guide to managing your time by learning how to balance your life. Traditional time management suggests that working harder, smarter, and faster will help you gain control over your life, and that increased control will bring peace and fulfillment. But in the first real breakthrough in time management in years, the authors of First Things First apply the insights of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to our daily problems of struggling with the ever-increasing demands of work and home life.

    Rather than focusing on time and things, First Things First emphasizes relationships and results. And instead of efficiency, this new approach emphasizes effectiveness. It tells us:

    * Why we feel a gap between how we spend our time and what's deeply important to us
    * How focusing on efficiency and control increases the gap instead of closing it
    * How to determine if what you're doing is really important -- or only urgent
    * How to overcome the tremendous gravity of habit
    * How to put people ahead of schedules
    * How to lead your life, not just manage your time

    Offering a principle-centered approach and the wisdom and insight that made The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People a #1 bestseller, First Things First empowers listeners to define what is truly important; to accomplish worthwhile goals; and to lead rich, rewarding, and balanced lives. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars We need these daily reminders
    Our lives are busy and full of change. Keeping our priorities in order while maintaining focus and vision is a constant challenge. We live in a society that loves short cut techniques where there is no short cut, only a path based on principles revealed throughout history. A meaningful life is not a matter of speed and efficiency but what you do and why you do it - and we need to be reminded of this everyday. The best way is to take a few minutes of quiet time before the daily rush. Our hearts and minds need nourishment and this is the purpose of this book - to provide daily nourishment through the daily reading of wisdom literature that can have a profound effect on the quality of our daily decisions by keeping us focused on what is important and preventing us being swept away by urgency. Covey believes these little daily thoughts will help us do three things - to reconnect with our big ideas and the insights that accompanied learning them; to encourage us to take a little breathing space between events and our response - a space that reconnects us to our inner compass; and to garnish our wisdom literature habit. We need to be constantly reminded of the principles that have been part of the wisdom of every successful individual and civilization. These are some of the readings that made an impression on me:

    January 4: Be governed by your internal compass, not by some clock on the wall.
    January 5: If the thing you are committed to is principle-centered, you become principle-centered and you walk your talk.
    January 11: While you can be efficient with things you cannot be efficient - effectively - with people.
    January 14: We need to move beyond time management to life leadership.
    January 23: Meaning is in contribution, in striving for something higher than self.
    January 29: We choose either to live our lives or let others live them for us.
    January 30: The best way to predict your future is to create it.
    February 6: The more involved you are, the more significant your learning will be.
    February 7: What does it matter how much we do if what we're doing isn't what matters most.
    February 14: More than any other factor, vision affects the choices we make and the way we spend our time.
    February 18: Vision is the fundamental force that drives everything else in our lives.
    February 22: There's no way we can escape accountability. We do make a difference - one way or the other. We are responsible for the impact of our lives.

    I think that Covey is right. We need a five-minute reminder as we start each day to make sure that we keep our thoughts, plans and priorities pointed in the right direction because where we're headed is more important than how fast we're going.

    5-0 out of 5 stars First Things First - Fabulous.
    Mr. Covey & Mr. & Mrs. Merrill did a great job putting together this audiocassette recording of First Things First. The teachings contained within educate you on how to find a balance in your life, fulfillment, and how to become more effective. Teachings regarding the 4-quadrant time management theory help you find where you are putting most of your time, and how effective it is. The authors put time management in its proper place: revolving around what is important and of value to you. Principle-centered living and basing your mission upon those principles will assist you in life success. I was very encouraged, and only wished that I had bought the six-tape system (I listened to the four-tape system).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Three authors, 1 CD - Good Highlights
    Some people on the reviews complained about the book not just being Covey talking...but if you notice the book is written by three people (yeah, Amazon only shows 2, but I have the book in front of me) The CD is a good highlight to explaining the basics to the First Things First principles. The cd says to get the book for using the meat and potatoes of the book...BUT there is also a 3 Disc set out there which is Unabriged and tells it all (for some reason I can't find it on Amazon...but have found it in searching around the net) So if you want the basics to remind yourself of what you are doing (Review regularly to make it a part of your life is a common self improvement strategy) is quicker than re-reading the book over and over... especially when given the gift of traffic to slow down and enjoy the CD.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Less than enthralling
    I was dismayed to find that this audio book is simply a laundry listing (in an "advice o'the day" format) of tidbits of wisdom. The wisdom offered is good, mind you, but if you are looking for something to stimulate and entertain you (eg on a long car ride) you will likely be disappointed. I can only listen to about 4 or 5 tidbits before I lose interest.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too Abridged To Be More Than An Inspiring Introduction
    The strength of the abridged audiocassette is the conviction in Dr. Covey's voice. It will convince you that this is an important subject.

    The weakness of this audiocassette is that you will learn the principles behind Quadrant Two Time Management, but not how to do it. As the audiocassette will tell you, you will need to buy the book, study it, and then start doing it. I thought this was so substantial a weakness that I graded the book down two stars for this limitation.

    If you are pretty sure you want to use this method, go directly to the book. If you are not sure, listen to this audiocassette. I found a copy in my local library. Perhaps you can, too.

    The time management technique here is intended to be a fourth generation of that method of getting more accomplished. The main different is that the goals here are to achieve more balance in your life by having you focus first on doing what is most important to you that will make the most difference. You will plan weekly, and reiterate your planning to learn from your experiences of the prior week.

    Quadrant 2 is the area where activities are important, but not urgent. These activities are often overlooked, or are pushed out of the way by urgent activities, including ones that are unimportant.

    The time management process is designed to handle all elements of your life, personal life as well as work. An analogy is used to putting big rocks, gravel, sand, and water into a jar. If you start with the big rocks, you can get everything in the jar. If you start in the opposite order, you'll never fit the big rocks in.

    You are encouraged to develop a personal mission statement (because seeing meaning to life gives us more optimism and perserverance), consider all of your life roles, locate the highest payoff areas for those roles, make principle-centered decisions, exercise integrity in your moments of choice, and continually reevaluate how you are doing.

    After you listen to this work, consider how well balanced or unbalanced your life is. Then think about what your habits are that cause you to have such imbalances. Next, start changing those habits to better ones.

    ... Read more

    11. 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 1883219116
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Covey
    Sales Rank: 328272
    Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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    This program will help you solve many family dilemmas, such as:

    * how to balance your family life with your work life in the midst of life's pressures.
    * how to develop a family mission statement that will serve as a foundation for building a beautiful family culture in a turbulent world.
    * how to balance "tough" discipline with "soft" discipline by implementing a Third Alternative™ that is both tougher and kinder.
    * how parents can maintain control while still giving family members the freedom to grow and develop.
    * how to build a high-trust and loving marriage relationship in a world where cynicism, violence, and low trust are prevalent. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Transformed our Family
    We discovered this book after being introduced to Stephen Covey's work through business (7 Habits of Highly Successful People.) We were delighted that he and his wife have applied these principles to family life, and we set to work on applying what we learned to our family.
    For example, we have made a concerted effort at changing the way we listen to each other in our family. Now we truly have adopted the culture of listening first to understand, and what a gift that has been to our relationships. Time after time, we catch ourselves from going down the old useless and hurtful path of arguing/debating/proving who's experience is right, and instead stop and listen with empathy to understand.
    We also recommend the picture book If I Ran The Family, for sharing these insights with kids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A set of tools for building and strengthening families
    In introducing "7 Habits for Highly Effective Families," Covey writes that societal forces have changed, and that we can no longer rely on a family-friendly society to help us with our families. That approach, which he termed the "outside-in" approach was useful in the middle of the 20th century. But at the turn of the century, when societal forces are combining to undermine the family, Covey argues that we need an "inside-out" approach, where we take greater care as parents to create a family culture that encourages goodness, morality and love.

    With that premise in mind, Covey applies the 7 Habits to family life. I'm not familiar with the 7 Habits as they are applied to individuals, but as I've tried to apply them in my family I've been impressed by the results. As a husband and father, I feel as if I now have a set of tools to build and strengthen my family, and an understanding of how to use them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars More good advice on how you manage your family life.
    After reading about Highly Effective People, Covey gives more sound advice on how effective families function. I think Covey does a good job in describing how effective family structures place all members in a win/win situation. This reading is rather light on how to tackle issues with family members in difficulties and/or problems situations. Covey just feels that all members are in the family to work together. In most circumstances, there is always one or more family members battling difficulties such as drug abuse, depression, uncontrollable behavior. Covey would probably argue that good family structures would prevent/minimize such problems. However all families face some difficulties and the book is rather light on facing these problems.
    A good read on how to structure a family and make each member a contributor to the team. This book is not a cure all, but it has some sound advice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books on Families Available
    Do yourself and your family a favor and order this book and/or the tapes/cd. It will be one of the best investments you can make for yourself and your loved ones.

    The entire family should read and absorb it's concepts and principles for a happier, healthier, family life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Will help you become a better parent
    I read just about every parenting book that I can get my hands on and this one is a must read. No matter your background, no matter whether you had good role models or not you too can learn how to be that parent that you have always dreamed of being. It just takes some practical tools and some motivation on your part.

    Every parent should read this book. ... Read more

    12. DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE : Living The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful People Every Day
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 0671887173
    Catlog: Book (1994-03-21)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Sales Rank: 6091
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Make the 7 habits a part of your life -- every day....

    Stephen R. Covey has helped millions of readers attain professional success and personal fulfillment. With penetrating insight Dr. Covey reveals a pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, 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.

    Now, as a succinct introduction to Dr. Covey's revolutionary thinking or as a reminder of key principles, Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People provides an inspirational recharge that will bring you closer to a holistic sense of personal effectiveness and purpose. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Getting Better Every Day
    I enjoyed 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' and was happy to see 'Daily Reflections' be released. I would recommend reading the seven habits first before getting this book. Working through a book daily fits my lifestyle and helps me actually implement the 'Habits' myself. Another helpful book was Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life by JoAnna Carey, it also was set up in easy to read and implement chapters.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Helps One to Stay Focused
    In this followup up to the original book by a similar title, Dr. Covey provides insight on how to work the plan. Each day has an inspiring excerpt that is easily grasped. Consider, for example, the December 5 entry where he reminds us of the need for continual rewewal. He writes: "Habit 7: 'Sharpen the Saw' is personal Production Capability. It's preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It's renewing the four dimensions of your nature--physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional."

    That is the purpose of this book, in essence. It is to remind us of the need to be continually renewed and refreshed. This book is designed to do that mentally. I find it inspiring.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Getting better every day
    I enjoyed 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' and was happy to see 'Daily Reflections' be released. I would recommend reading the seven habits first before getting this book. Working through a book daily fits my lifestyle and helps me actually implement the 'Habits' myself. Another helpful book was Rat Race Relaxer: Your Potential & The Maze of Life, it also was set up in easy to read and implement chapters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Supporting the 7 Habits
    First, the reviewer from Falls Church, VA makes the statement that Covey makes reference to pages in The 7 habits.... If the person read the sub-title "Living the seven habits" one would expect Covey to refer to his other book.

    This book is an excellent guide to to use for your daily life. Yes, it takes time but it is worth it. It is written to support the information from the 7 Habits. Read the 7H first and then use this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Covey is useful!
    In response to another's review, I must rise to Covey's defense. Covey seems well aware of the "mind-numbing" avalanche of tasks and things to do that people have to deal with. Seven Habits stuff is a direct response to that. It offers a good method for really thinking about what's important to you and making time for things that really matter -- WITHOUT the "numbing." I feel the buzzwords and catch phrases are designed to make a complex approach more accessible. I really think it's unfair to ascribe evil intentions to the offer of free items. Covey repeatedly states in his books that any organizer or planner can be adapted to his philosophy, but his stuff costs about the same as any other and if you are interested in using his approach it is way handier than putting adapting another system. This particular book is just OK. If you have the planner, or the original book which is a much better purchase, I don't see the need for this.

    That said, there is a lot of marketing around 7H stuff which I don't have any use for. Despitew this, if you're bitter and angry I don't suppose any self-help book will work for you. ... Read more

    13. Principle-Centered Leadership
    by Stephen R. Covey
    list price: $34.95
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    Asin: 188321906X
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Covey
    Sales Rank: 169814
    Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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    How do we as individuals and organizations survive and thrive amid tremendous change? Why are efforts to improve falling so short in real results despite the millions of dollars in time, capital, and human effort being spent on them? How do we unleash the creativity, talent, and energy within ourselves and others in the midst of pressure? Is it realistic to believe that balance among personal, family, and professional life is possible?

    Stephen R. Covey demonstrates that the answer to these and other dilemmas is Principle-Centered Leadership, a long-term, inside-out approach to developing people and organizations. The key to dealing with the challenges that face us today is the recognition of a principle-centered core within both ourselves and our organizations. Dr. Covey offers insights and guidelines that can help you apply these principles both at work and at home -- leading to not just a new understanding of how to increase quality and productivity, but also to a new appreciation of the importance of building personal and professional relationships in order to enjoy a more balanced, more rewarding, and more effective life. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
    Covey's books always leave a positive impression on his readers because they inspire in a practical way that can result in immediate changes. Since everyone is a leader in some regard the audience for this excellent book is widespread. Principles do not discriminate. They work in all circumstances and cultures. Covey helps his readers discover ageless principles and makes their application a logical followup. The analogy of courageous explorers is given for people going into uncharted territories. That's everyone. Each of us face things unique to our lives. Covey encourages people to view these factors positively. Flexibility is essential to living the abundant life he explains. This book is full of insight that helps keep a person focused on living in a maximum way.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Corner Stone
    I found the book intriguing. The book makes great common sense and has many quotable quotes. The foundation truths about leadership: "The Law of the Harvest"; "Life is one indivisible whole." Organizational ecosystem; four leadership paradigms; efficiency vs. effectiveness; trustworthiness is foundational; and seven chronic organizational problems are examples of a few the important lessons to learn. If you read nothing else this year on leadership, Principle-Centered Leadership is my first and best pick. All other leadership books are commentary. The book is a great read and keeps me well centered in an ever changing world of advice and new techniques.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner by Covey---Great addition to 7 Habits
    In this great book by Stephen Covey, we learn Covey's philosophy for creating more meaningful relationships and successes in the workplace. something we should be striving to implement throughout business and industry.

    Coveys shows us how to implement these techniques in the home and elsewhere and the result is we will be rewarded with happiness and a fulfilling future.

    Prior to reading Principle Centered Leadership, I didn't think it was possible to successfully balance my personal, family and professional life.

    Principle Centered Leadership is a great addition to Coveys classic 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Building a team with a solid core
    Steven Covey provides the reader a solid roadmap for successful leadership. When leaders with character work with others, they obtain loyalty and inspire the best results. Excellent read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 7 Habits 14 Points
    This book brings the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People together with Demings 14 Points. If organizations were to use this methodology, they too would be effective. I recommend this book because it had a profound effect on an organization I was working for.

    Can we lead better individual lives and have our corporations apply principles that will take those individuals to higher levels of accomplishment? America applies these principles in most of the best companies, these are enduring principles.

    This is a book to read for leaders and teachers in business. ... Read more

    14. Quest : Discovering Your Human Potential (Quest)
    by Steven Covey, Thomas Moore, Bernie Siegel, David Whyte, Marianne Williamson
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    Asin: 0671574833
    Catlog: Book (1996-12-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 212573
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars fascinating contrast
    The Quest audio cassettes are a fine compliment to books by the guest speakers. In some cases the cassettes provide nuances, insights, and clarification not possible in the printed text form. Stephen Covey for example has a deep raspy almost mischievous laugh when he discusses inauthenticity weakening relationships of trust. His sense of humor isn't readily apparent in The Seven Steps... bestseller, but here it is on this compilation. And Thomas Moore's few comments on narcisism are wonderfully refined and to the point, so much so that he does a better job conveying this somewhat difficult concept in speaking than in printed form i.e. "Care of the Soul" where there isn't the same impact. A few of the speakers are too New Agey and fluffy for my tastes but Moore and Covey give the nearly one hundred minutes of listening time great depth and texture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A masterful tape---you must own all three in the series
    Taken from a PBS series this is the first of three tapes to come from that effort. It is simple the best compilation of thought provking and stimulating ideas on tape that I have found. I am a counselor who works with adolescents and I am always looking for some way to inspire, motivate, or encourage young adults to begin the process of self knowledge and self awarness and to see beyond themselves into the world they are about to enter as adults. So many tapes are too simplistic or too complicated but this series seem to intrigue these individuals as no other tape I have used has been able to do. It is a series that anyone from early adolescents to geriatrics will find extremely valuable and thought provoking. No schmoltzy solutions, no formulaic set answers to life--just wonderful stimulating ways to encouarage the listener to examine who they are, what they feel and where they want to go. You will listen to this series over and over and will hear something new each and every time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Spiritual, real-world masterpiece
    This piece is so heavy and so thought provoking that you have to absorb it slowly... just great. It takes you on a spiritual journey into fundamental questions about life and spirituality. But what really makes this compilation of ideas so good is that it offers you real answers, real solutions to your problems and human weaknesses that you can use. Listening to this tape is spiritual therapy. A classic, like nothing you've experienced before.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A thought-provoking guide to living better.
    A "Whitman's sampler" from today's leading thinkers. By far the best self-help tape I've ever heard. What sets it apart is that it's full of undeniable truths. While other self-help tapes/gurus spend time trying to convince you that THEY have seen the master plan, this tape just dishes it out for you. Superb ... Read more

    15. The Four Disciplines of Execution
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 1929494777
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Covey
    Sales Rank: 265293
    Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Focus on the Critical

    In business, survival depends on meeting objectives. Most failures in organizations today are not the result of a lack of smarts, they are caused by a lack of execution -- things just don't get done. Defining a clear strategy and setting goals is one thing, sticking to strategy and meeting those goals is quite another. The 4 Disciplines of Execution teaches how to focus on your top priorities and get the critical things accomplished. Whether you are a member of a team, lead a team, or lead an entire organization, this workshop will equip you to deliver on your top priorities consistently.

    What You'll Learn

    Four universal business disciplines that deliver results again and again:

    a. Focus on the Wildly Important
    b. Create a Compelling Scoreboard
    c. Translate Lofty Goals into Specific Actions
    d. Hold Each Other Accountable -- All of the Time

    Each discipline includes a business principle, old thinking, new thinking, and a metaphor that further clarifies the learning. A bonus section, "Implementing the Disciplines," supported by a special resource CD, gives critical information about activating the power of the 4 Disciplines in your organization. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing New or Exciting About Execution Here
    This audio learning program is just a waste of time and money on the part of the listeners. Nothing new or exciting about Execution here, except showing off jargons like EXQ (Execution Quotient), and using big words like the 4 Disciplines--- including:1)Focus on Wilding Important Goals, 2)Use of Scoreboard, 3)Translating Loofty Goals into Actions, and 4)Holding People Accountable for Results.

    I think people in undergraduate Business Programs or MBA Programs already learned these common sensical staff.

    Franklin Covey needs to catch up, innovate, and deliver practical stuff for practising managers!

    Stephen R. Covey is only the co-star in the program by which Franklin Covey should make this clear to consumers upfront.

    Quite disappointed with this purchase because it is very theoretical and the ideas are not easily executed in the Age of Trust Erosion between corporations and their downsized labour force these days.

    Try Peter Drucker's Effective Executive, you will get far far more. ... Read more

    16. Passion For Life (Quest Passion for Life Series, V. 1)
    by Stephen R. Covey, Deepak Chopra
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    Asin: 0743521056
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 530343
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Unusual but interesting...
    It's true that unlike other programs this 4 CD set features a sound byte approach to ideas. It often alternates between statements from a number of mostly uncredited speakers. I was able to figure out most of them.

    However, this program has a number of things going for it.

    First, the CD are each centered thematically around one of the topics in the title. Second, there are some nice actionable exercises, particularly one by the Levines on breath. Write these exercises down yourself - it's easy. Third, and this was very meaningful to me, there are some people represented on this CD, especially Sam Keen and John O'Donahue that have not been recorded much on CDs. Since I listen to most of my audios in the car on CD, Listening to these two wise men was a treat.

    Sure, other programs might be more organized, but I found this moving in many spots. I did not find the "stream of consciousness" approach distracting, once I stopped trying to figure out who the remaining speakers were.

    I recommend this program to people intrigued with the topics. One caveat, though - Stephen Covey is billed on the material as a speaker, but he has only a couple of spots. So, buy it for the topics, but don't but it because of Covey.

    1-0 out of 5 stars WORTHLESS!
    An amalgam of snippet voices from famous and not so famous people giving one and two liners of sage advice. Disorganized and uninteresting. The worst audiopurchase I have ever made. ... Read more

    17. Building Family Relationships
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 1883219760
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Covey
    Sales Rank: 543283
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    Book Description

    This program will help you and your family to:

    * Prioritize your family in today's turbulent world;
    * Build a happier and more effective family;
    * Create more meaningful family relationships;
    * Unite around a common purpose, vision, and mission;
    * Enjoy more quality and quantity family time together;
    * Build renewing and lasting family traditions. ... Read more

    18. PowerTalk!: Professional Series (Powertalk!)
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    Asin: 1559272546
    Catlog: Book (1993-11-15)
    Publisher: Audio Renaissance
    Sales Rank: 727077
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Fulfill your dreams of success!
    In these bestselling programs from the Powertalk! library -- available together for the first time -- Anthony Robbins and three of the world's foremost experts on professional accomplishment offer awealth of ideas and techniques to sharpen your business and financial skills. Let them help you to achive outstanding success in your career!

    Powertalk!: The Power of Anticipation
    Tony Robbins shows how anticipation can free us to reshape your goals and future, and Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits fo Highly Effective People, reveals a pathway for living with integrity, honesty and dignity. Includes a booklet excerpt from Marianne Williamson's A Return to Love.

    Powertalk!: The Power to Create, The Power To Destroy
    Tony Robbins examines belief systems to reveal the key to his proven method for choosing to succeed, and bestselling author Paul Zane Pilzer makes economic theories not only understandable but invaluable. Includes a booklet summary of Rafael Aguayo's Dr. Deming: The American Who Taught the Japanese About Quality.

    Powertalk!: The Decision That Ensures Your Success
    Tony Robbins explores the core strategy and discipline of consistency, and former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden explains his philosophies, strategies and principles of teamwork. Includes a booklet summary of You Are the Message by Roger Ailes with Jon Kraushar.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Why buy?
    Hey Henry from Hong Kong...News flash...copying this tape set is illegal!! That is why you should buy it. Besides it is a great set of interviews.

    1-0 out of 5 stars library availability, but the quality is 5 stars.
    Alright, i gave it a one star.
    However, the quality itself is 5 star.
    Simply because this cassette tape set can be
    borrowed in the library!! Why the hell would
    you like to BUY it!? it is only around 3 hours
    listening and you want to buy it!?
    Borrow it from library and simply copy the tape
    using the hi-fi!

    5-0 out of 5 stars CANI! and 2 Great Interviews
    2 of the interviews here(Coach Wooden & Stephen Covey) are the best things Robbins has ever done. The interviews come across as down-to-earth and basically off the cuff. There is humor and Robbins' admiration and respect for both these men comes across clearly and adds to the tapes benefit. ... Read more

    19. Managing Personal Change
    by Hyrum W. Smith
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    Asin: 1883219752
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Covey
    Sales Rank: 478970
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This program, recorded live in Chicago, will help you:

    * Determine what matters most to you;
    * Experience inner peace by being in control;
    * Make permanent behavior changes;
    * Let reality be the disciplining agent. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Ability to Stop and See Why I Act the Way I Act
    He's absolutely right... These aren't new ideas, but it takes someone to put it all together so you can understand the process. The "Belief Window" (and how it's connected) concept was such an eye opener for me. I now stop and try to figure out what is driving my behavior.

    Hyrum Smith taught me that there is more I can control than I once believed. The "it's OK to drown, but it's not OK to get eaten" insight he learned while trying to swim the Honolulu Bay will definitely broaden your perspective on the influence of needs.

    I guarantee you'll learn something that will help you and firmly believe it will change you. ... Read more

    20. Principle-Centered Leadership (Your Coach in a Box)
    by Stephen R. Covey
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    Asin: 1596590084
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Coach Series
    Sales Rank: 422718
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