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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, you're able to stream the content for free after signing up at the following FranklinCovey website: www.StephenCovey.com.

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

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

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  • Rhett
  • Edmond, OK, USA
  • 11-16-04

Next level understanding!

I am a professional leadership teacher and speaker. I have studied leadership for 10 years. Once every few years a book comes along that raises the understanding of even the most avid student of leadership. This book accomplishes that task and more. Honestly, I have found most of Stephen's books since 7 Habits to be somewhat prosaic. This book is something entirely different. I urge you to not just get the audio version, though. Invest in the book and then digest the book. The re-reads contain many defining moments for students, parents and business leaders.

62 of 64 people found this review helpful

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It really does take it to the next level

Upfront, I'll admit to being a big fan of Stephen Covey. That said, I wouldn't consider myself a disciple or anything and I think I can write an objective review. This is without a doubt, life changing material for those who are ready to understand it. The 8th Habit is all about taking us from independence to interdependance on a whole new level.

I found it to be particularly relevant for today's world and today's challenges. I'd definitely recommend it.

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  • John
  • ZurichSwitzerland
  • 05-26-05

Pure Magic

Inspirational stuff as usual from Stephen Covey. No short cuts, no quick fixes but some great advice on how to achieve great things. Not just thought-provoking, also action-provoking, a guidebook for living. Covey also has a good voice for delivering his work which makes the book very enjoyable listening.

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  • Mark
  • Dallas, TX, USA
  • 03-08-07

A Real Disappointment

I liked the Seven Habits so much that I listened to the audio book twice and read the book once, so I was really looking forward to the 8th Habit. Unfortunately, it was so bad that it hurt my respect for Covey. First off, as other's have noted, it's a watered down rehash of the 7 Habits coupled with lots of nebulous talk about "finding your voice". Second, half the time I had no idea what he was talking about as the book is so laden with meaningless business speak (working at a higher level, exercising true leadership, finding a new paradigm, coping with the knowledge worker age and on and on and on). By now, I have Covey's (preachy) formula down pat: 1. read a vignette (in an overly earnest fashion) about some mystery individual overcoming adversity, 2. talk about how it fits some numbered principle, 3. relate the principle to the teachings of the great books and minds of yesteryear and 4. invent a cute little word pneumonic to go with it (intimate means "look into me"). I would recommend sticking with 7 Habits and never touching this book. Another good book in this area that's high on substance and low on fluff-speak (as in zero fluff-speak) is Man's Search for Meaning, probably the best book I've read in the "learn about life" category. Actually, I've moved completely away from books written by self styled "leadership" teachers and into biographies about leaders handling difficult situations (The Last Lion (Churchill), Lincoln, Washington, etc.). I've learned about a hundred times more about life and humanity from Founding Brothers and Team of Rivals than I did from this book. Thumbs down.

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  • Ulrich
  • munich, NY, USA
  • 01-31-05

Not to much new compared to the seven habits

If you read "the seven habits" and expect a quantum leap in coveys thinking, you might be disappointed. it's more a modernization of his previous book. if you are new to covey this is a good place to start

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The 8th Habit

Phenomenally good book. Certainly the best 'self improvement' book I've read in the past few years. Covey has really done taken his work to a new level of excellence.

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  • David
  • Hollister, CA, USA
  • 08-23-08

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.

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New (skillset + mindset + toolset) = A new habit

Dr. Covey has done it again! He has distilled the wisdom of centuries of philosophy and religion with the pace of rapid changes since "The 7 Habits" was originally published.

"Find your voice, and inspire others to find theirs." Achieving this habit requires total integration of your self, a skill that is always being developed. It relies on, and intertwines throughout the seven habits of effectiveness like a DNA helix or spiral staircase.

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  • Kathryn
  • Beaverton, OR, USA
  • 02-25-05

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.

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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?

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  • Dooodler
  • 10-24-07

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

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Leon
  • 08-10-06

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)

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  • Gary
  • 03-15-13

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.

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  • Ross
  • 12-23-12

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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  • Christopher
  • 10-21-10

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.

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  • Philip
  • 08-19-06

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.

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  • Mr M.
  • 07-11-18

Pure Brilliance

Thought provoking, life changing potential and perfectly delivered by the master himself. One of the greats to pass and so thankful for the knowledge he shared.

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  • Mr & Mrs Easby
  • 01-25-18

Covey never fails to deliver great book

helpful insightful simple techniques that I can apply in my family, work and social life.

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  • mariana
  • 01-17-18

Insightful but long

The book makes many good points but found myself drifting away regularly and not taking it all in.

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  • A. S. Wade
  • 11-10-17

awesome

if everyone could read this the world would be a better place RIP Stephen Covey

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-18

needs to be 6hrs shorter but still great

a little long but I feel I'll listen to it again to try and soak in the information.. I've listened to the 7 habits and this follows it fairly well.. it feels like a fantastic achivement to get through a Covey book. think I'll read a short one before tackling his next big title.

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  • paul
  • 06-14-18

Good message, needs a professional narrator

The presentation is a bit dull. like going to an important class with a boring teacher

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  • Emmanuel
  • 06-18-16

the next step after you've integrated the 7 habits

this book is phenomenal but I'd counsel you read The seven habits first. love it

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  • Simon J. Baker
  • 04-01-16

Different from the 7

Loved it, lots of great new lessons that reaffirm the 7 habits and bring them into the new age.

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  • Tony
  • 02-04-15

Life changing and saving

So many things to ponder and implement truly life changing and life saving. Thank you for this awesome audio book.