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)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is my personal bible and I really didn't think that the 8th Habit would offer much more insight. I have read and listened to them both over 100 times. The 8th Habit is truly next step in your quest for self mastery. If you have read the 7 Habits then the 8th Habit is a must listen.
Operations Department Leader - Procter & Gamble India - Fem Care
One of the best books I have read by far! It really connects with you and answers most of your questions about leadership and life in whole!
I try to live my life by the 7 habits. The 8th habit seemed to rehash a lot of the 7 habits, but seems a little more business driven. Overall I pretty much enjoy anything that Steven covey puts out.
The book is similar to the format of the 7 habits, but with a focus on a person's leadership ability and helping others find their voice. The concept is aligned with servant leadership by Robert Greenleaf. The two negatives were that Dr. Covey read it as a slow pace (I listened to it at 1.5x) and that the accompanying DVD is mentioned in every chapter and this was not provided with the download. go to the Stephen Covey Community website, register, and you can get access to the videos for free.
Thoughtful, Genuine, Humble
No, it was very slow paced. In addition, the concepts in each chapter, I felt, should be contemplated and dwelled upon. If one were to blast through it, many of the enduring truths mentioned in the book would be overlooked.
Still a must read in my leadership collection, just listen to at a faster pace and find the accompanying DVD's!
Sproe from Jupiter
Covey is always inspiring and in an age where many of us are struggling to just get through work each day it is too easy to just be good enough to keep your job. But Covey makes me want to use my mind to accomplish and enjoy my work day. As a motivational speaker Covey is easy to listen to and encourages thought. Not as impactful as Seven Habits, the 8th Habit is still a worthwhile listen.
More direction to achieve the desired results.
The thing mindset of the industrial age
No, but it did make me think.
There will be no more new Covey so stock up on the existing materials.
This is great timeless advice. I will be listening to this again and again.
The 8th Habit opens doors of thought.
I love the forward thinking of Steve. He walks-the-talk.
I don't know how to see the videos Steve referenced since I had the AUDIBLE book? This is the ONLY reason I didn't rate
The first chapter hooked me instantly.
Can someone please tell me how to get the videos referenced in the audible book?
Love to listen to audios while commuting.
I enjoyed this audio and it gave me insight especially regarding micromanaging management- a style in the past. An absolute must Listen :)
I loved his previous work - 7 habits of highly effective people,
I had expected something different, I guess.
However, generally speaking, I find his book very intriguing, informative, inspiring, thought provoking extremely helpful, and life changing.
I thought this book would go over the 7 habits again and add on the 8th habit,
as I had wanted to be reminded again of those,
but as the title the book focuses on the 8 th habit, apart from a brief mention about 7 habits.
The 8th habit is about "finding your voice" and "helping others to find their voice".
You could say it is a bit religious but it still gives plenty of information for you to learn.
The book was also read by the author, and I quite like his narration, easy to understand and not slow at all.
I personally think everyone can learn something out of this book,
[but I only gave a four star as I believe it is not his best work, not as good as 7 habits]
it was worth the credit.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
7 Habits was a landmark. This will not carry the OMG response as 7 Habits may have done.
In some ways this could be an update of the 7 habits. And it will take you a step further. He refers to the point of choice and 'Intelligence' and birthright.
While it is good to hear Stephen Covey speak , 'hard copy' may be a better way to go. While the 'lighthouse paradigm' shift, may not seem to be present,
the act of finding your own voice and expressing that is so important even now in 2010.
Try your local Library first and read the hard copy.
"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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