I'm a fan of Covey. I loved the 7 habits, and was excited to hear about the 8th habit, which I thought would help me inspire and encourage others. This book is just a review of the 7 habits, though. One explanation of the habits was enough.
The title leads you to believe that is in a “sequel” to the 7 habits, but having read it I’m thinking the title might be more of a marketing choice. This is a decent book but not nearly as holistic and clear-cut as the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s comprised of 90% old Covey material reworked into a system. Instead of a separate 8th habit it’s more like the 7 habits from another viewpoint with some new insights. If you have read 7 Habits this might widen your perspective somewhat, if you haven’t read it then pick that one up instead.
Covey is too talented, too revered, to put out a "me too" book like this. Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life covered the same ground first, and covered it better.
Contrary to some reviews, Steve Covey did a good job as the narriator of his book. He expressed an emotion through his words that only comes through the experience of being there. It was eye opening, its what i didn't know about what I didn't know. I listened to the book commuting to work and was unable to take notes, but without the audible verson I would not bave been able to complete the book. There is so much meat that I plan to go and purchase the physical book as reference material.
The material is good but the author just goes on and on with long pauses and breaths and there is nothing holding in the author's voice. Seems like he is not a professional narrator.
The unabridged version of the book is long, but it has to be taken chapter by chapter - which is manageable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to analyse his/her own position in life and try and balance different goals. The practical steps outlined in this book makes it possible to do so. Good luck to anyone to steps out on this wonderful journey!
Throughout the book he refers you to a DVD and PDF that came with the real book. There should at least be a link that you can use to download these items after buying the book.
This is a good, not great, follow up to the 7 habits. Dr Covey doesn't just rehash the principles of his "7 habits" in this book, and this is not just "cashing in" on that earlier success, for there is real value here. It is a bit long to the point however. Assuming you are a believer in the original 7 habits, and have found these habits effective, does the 8th require such a sales pitch as this lengthly text provides? Overall it is worth the time, but I wish I could have saved some.
While a decent book, this title falls far short from the standard set by 'The Seven Habits'. 'The Eigth Habit is a basic re-hash of 'The Seven Habits'.
Good read, but I felt like most of book was more of an overview of the 7 habits. I didn't come away feeling rejuvenated and with a new sense of purpose this time around like with the 7 habits. Still, it was worth the time and I do recommend it. If nothing else, it served as a good reminder and call to action.