In the more than 15 years since its publication, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has become an international phenomenon. Tens of millions of people in business, government, schools, and families 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 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. 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. 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 of 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". This groundbreaking audiobook of next level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the Knowledge Worker Age.
Covey's new audiobook 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.
NOTE: On the cover and in the introduction, the audio mentions that a free bonus DVD is included. It is NOT included with this audio; however, it is available for free at the following FranklinCovey website: www.StephenCovey.com.
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"If organizations operated with Covey's ideas - and ideals - most people would undoubtedly find work much more satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timely, Practical, Helpful.
I read the 7 Habits and the 8th Habit is defiantly not a re-hash of the same material. The 8th Habit stands on the same foundational principles, but it stands on its own.
Not to wait for my Company to change, "be the change you want to see".
Don't let negative reviews of this book throw you off, I almost did and it is apparent that these people did not listen to the book or know anything about the 7 Habits. It is unfortunate that there are people who specialize in only giving negative reviews for no apparent reason other than boredom.
"The 8th Habit"
This book makes frequent mention of numerous short videos which illustrate the points riased in the book and apparently come on a DVD with the printed version of the book. These videos are available to view, free of charge on Stephen Covey's website: http://www.stephencovey.com/8thHabit/8thhabit.html
"8th Habit and the gaps for the 7 habits filled."
I loved this audio book, it filled in all the blanks I felt were in the 7 habits and addressed the change in culture over the last 10 years. I use techniques learned here (long term techniques) in my long term strategies all the time as a manager. I suggest buying the book too if only to get the free DVD that is mentioned repeatedly in the audio book. The book also has some diagrams that only make sense in print but these are only a couple and dont spoil the impact of this excellent book. This is a must read! (listen)
"Good follow up"
Having listened to the 7 Habits via Audible, this was a good follow up. It touched on elements from the 7 Habits, but introduced the 8th habit fully. Like any of these books, to really benefit from their insights, you must be willing to accept and assimilate the information into your life. Worth a listen though- several eye opening sections.
"Crying out for a ruthless editor"
Yes there are good ideas in this book and I applaud what the author is trying to say, but oh dear is it tedious to listen to. This is one book I wish I had bought in hard form so I could skim the repetitive and really not very interesting bits. I havent read the abridged version. It may be better.
"Simply : to be implied in life."
The material shows potential for transformation for each and every person. It isn't limited to leaders / managers of big organisations.
It brings, as well, prophecy of age of wisdom after age of knowledge (which, imo, is in full swing by now)
"WELL WORTH THE TIME"
Thiis book is a very valuable assset to any library and one I will return to again and again
Brilliant audiobook nice pace, author reads it well, very listenable. Learnt a lot about how to approach the way we could ideally work towards an ultimate goal!
In brief: lots of academically good sounding words and no real underlying content. doubtful about effectiveness of author's writing skills - as whatever he wishes to say could be said perhaps in 30 minutes, then why waste 14 hours audiobook!! returned back under Audible's generous return policy after first few chapters only - thank god only waste of time and not money.
"Too long, not enough information."
I gave the 7 habits 3 stars due to taking forever to get to any point, this takes the wait to the next level. Avoid this and pick up a book that you can flick through if you really want to see what's in this.
"Disappointing given how good 7 habits is"
Although I am a fan of Stephen Covey and found the 7 habits very helpful and interesting, I found the 8th habit a little long and not giving many new insights...
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