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The 8th Habit Audiobook

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to Stephen Covey's groundbreaking The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

© and (P)2004 FranklinCovey

What the Critics Say

"If organizations operated with Covey's ideas - and ideals - most people would undoubtedly find work much more satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kathryn Beaverton, OR, USA 02-25-05
    Kathryn Beaverton, OR, USA 02-25-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Nothing New"

    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.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 02-28-11
    Mijin Seoul, Korea (South) 02-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book, yet not as good as 7 habits"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Manchester, TN, USA 01-17-10
    Ronald Manchester, TN, USA 01-17-10
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    "A Great Work"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Hollister, CA, USA 08-23-08
    David Hollister, CA, USA 08-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "good follow on to the 7"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shankar Houston, TX, USA 06-15-06
    Shankar Houston, TX, USA 06-15-06
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    "Helps develope the courage needed for success"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Baton Rouge, LA, USA 02-08-05
    Jason Baton Rouge, LA, USA 02-08-05
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    "The Purpose-Driven Habit?"

    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.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Lindblad Handen, Sweden 08-06-11
    Lindblad Handen, Sweden 08-06-11
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    "Not the 8th habit"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rick tehachapi, CA, United States 05-27-11
    Rick tehachapi, CA, United States 05-27-11
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    "Full price for half the book"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amit GreensboroughAustralia 12-07-09
    Amit GreensboroughAustralia 12-07-09
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    "Slow slow slow"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Boyd Tschaggeny 06-13-17 Member Since 2016

    I'm an electrical engineer who looks like Conan and has a flair for business. I'm nostagic for FF7 and Pokemon... and Salsa Verde Doritos.

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    "Finding Yourself Through Principles and Boredom"

    If you are looking for a book to help you find meaning in your work and personal life, consider this book. Mr. Covey conveys many well-known principles in a way that will cause you to evaluate who you currently are and who you strive to become. It was a great refresher of the principles that Mr. Covey taught in The Seven Habits. However, it's just that. A refresher. Don't buy this book expecting a revelatory insight on what he forgot from The Seven Habits. Rather, his is more of the same and functions like a review course.

    As someone who has read The Seven Habits, this book was a struggle to finish at times. There were many times when I was convinced that he had plagiarized his previous work. There were many other times when I felt like he was padding the book out. Why is The Seven Habits and The Eighth Habit about the same size? Fluff. The Eighth habit has a lot of fluff, such as supplementary movies and a rehash of The Seven Habits. I liked this book, but I really wish that it was half the size.

    I'm exhausted thinking about this book. There's something draining about reading it and thinking about it. I think I deserve the literally equivalent of candy (i.e. Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc). Or maybe I just need actual candy. Or.... why not both?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. M. Piotrowicz
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    "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)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lexxie
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    "WELL WORTH THE TIME"

    Thiis book is a very valuable assset to any library and one I will return to again and again

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    Breaston, United Kingdom
    7/3/15
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    "Excellent book!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arendse
    London, United Kingdom
    7/26/11
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    "Find your voice; and help others fining their's"

    ... is a quote from the book, narrated by the author. A truly great, in depth, inspirational book on the journey to a more fulfilling life in keeping with your own inner core values. This book has life changing potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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