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am 22. März 2000
This is clearly a secondary work. It is more in the nature of evidence that the principles taught in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People work.
Putting the Seven Habits to work requires commitment and patience. In my personal life, I have always had to work very hard to choose my response, instead of just snapping at the other person if they did not agree with me.
I find many of these stories interesting. However I also find that this book is not essential to following the Seven Habits. The best use of this book is if you are skeptical about the Seven Habits, then you can read it so that you get proof it works. Then you can go to the main book.
This said, I believe that Stephen Covey must get off the Seven Habits bandwagon. His first work was a masterpiece that I continue to read and re-read. Subsequent derivative works have not achieved the greatness of the first, and he is in real risk of diluting the Seven Habits franchise if he goes on and on. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is a completed work. The brilliant thinking and concepts that produced it do not need a book every year to keep them going.
I also believe that the observance of the Seven Habits are a necessary condition for true success but not a sufficient condition. It would be enlightening to see Dr. Covey explore other essential areas of improvement in self, family and business without necessarily being locked in to the Seven Habits. I want to know if there are habits eight, nine and ten. I suspect there are, though I don't know what they are.
It's time for a paradigm shift, Dr. Covey.
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am 1. Oktober 1999
Much of the criticism of this book seems to focus on the idea that there isn't anything "new" here. So be it. If the 7 Habits are all-encompassing and universal, then to expect 1, or 2 or 3 new ones is pretty silly. Repetition is the mother of learning, and having additional examples or frames of reference helps to add insight and examples of putting the 7 Habits to work. This, and other "7 Habits" material are merely supplements to the original concpts and ideas and, to me, are merely vehicles to aid in the developmant and understanding of their usage in everyday situations. Regarded in that context, there's probably room for more of this type of information in much the same way that there are now so many "Chicken Soup" volumes available. I'm surprised that so many reviewers don't seem to "get it".
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am 25. August 1999
I checked this one out of the library, and was glad I hadn't plunked down my own $$$ for it. I thought the original Seven Habits book was quite interesting and also thought First Things First was worthwhile, but this one just doesn't add anything new.
Perhaps if you see yourself in one of the short essays this book may provide some inspiration, but on balance I found few of the stories that I could relate too, and even fewer that provided any real insight into how to apply the Seven Habits. Some of the stories were downright odd - one could be dubbed "I found a win-win by working by my mother's death bed!". The short-story format - including annotations as to which of the seven habits was being applied in the situation (oy vey) - just doesn't allow much opportunity for true insight.
Your time would be better spent reviewing the original material and attempting to develop a "real world" way on your own to apply to your life. These stories just don't add anything beyond the anecdotes provided in previous volumes, and the cynic in me agrees with the previous critics who said that it was a device to rehash old material.
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am 27. Oktober 1999
This is an unmeanlingful line extension of Covey's previous work, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This latest book can ruin both Covey and 7 Habits' brand equity. Why publish another book when there is nothing new to say ? Why kill the goose (Covey as a brand) that lays the golden egg ( 7 habits brand) ? For the past few years, Covey failed to innovate and come up with new ideas about personal development, leadership, and management. He has been locked in too ridigly in his old 7 habits paradigm. He should read Edward De Bono's Lateral Thinking, which will help him whack the side of his thinking and make him less habituated to his old thoughts. Hope he will have something new to say in his upcoming new books! Please create true value for the readers. Please! Dollars are getting tough to earn these days.
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am 4. August 1999
I am a fervent supporter of Stephen Covey. I love the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First but I must say Living the 7 Habits is a dissapointment. At first glance, it looks very impressive particularly the idea that it has many stories and the design of the book was attractive. However, having read the book, I find it dissapointing because the stories are not inspiring nor does it touches ones heart. Infact, the short stories in the other 2 books mentioned above are far better than those compiled here. I read the book with the hope that the stories will inspire me and can be useful for me to reach other people (people relate better to stories than straight facts) but I could hardly find any good ones. The stories does not result in paradigm shifts as in the earlier books.
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am 19. Juni 1999
I have been a fan and student of StephenCovey for many years. I read and re-read7 Habits, which I believe is one of the best, if not the best personal development books on the racks right now. For those who have written negatively about this book and refer to it as a repeat of Covey's earlier work, keep in mind, that the title is a dead give away to the message---You must "LIVE" the 7 Habits and put them into practice--the stories are so inspiring and prove that the 7 Habits have changed many peoples lives. Two other books that I recommend are Superself and Think and Grow Rich. Also Financial Self Defense, which in my opinion is to personal finance what 7 Habits is to personal growth.
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am 20. Juni 1999
There is absolutely nothing different, unusual, special - and least of all, inspiring - about this book. The author writes as if the mere repetition of tales of pluck and boot-strapping were some new revelation. It is very difficult not to feel that the authors who write these books aren't just filling an insatiable need on the part of people who simply can't get their lives together and are stuck on a treadmill of buying one inspirational "self-help" book after another as a substitute for truly taking action in their lives. There is nothing to mark this book as better than the great glut of treacly advice books on the market.
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am 19. Juni 1999
Covey says all the right things about what we should do and how we should behave - I agree. But what he doesn't do is provide adequate motivation for changes in our behavior - the only motivation is getting others to do what we want: manipulation. True motivation comes from something larger than us - faith in a God who is bigger than our own petty self-serving lives. Covey sells good snake oil, but your money would be better spent on a copy of the Bible.
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am 23. Juni 1999
I've always related with the principles Covey teaches, but perhaps, like most people, I struggle with how to actually translate them into my life and work. I can't tell you how much these stories from such a diverse group of people have helped me get practical and meaningful ideas for things I can actually do to be a better parent, spouse, and leader. I was especially impressed with the stories in the last section from top business leaders.
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am 17. Juni 1999
This book is adequate if you just want some pedestrian, sterile examples, but if you want to read about real courage and inspiration read "The Greatest Generation" or "The Triumph and the Glory", and then apply the timeless lessons proclaimed between the front and back covers of those two terrific books and maybe you will learn something. I'm sorry, but these motivational books are hideously overrated.
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