In the 7 Habits series, international bestselling author Stephen R. Covey showed us how to become as effective as it is possible to be. In his long-awaited new book, THE 8th HABIT, he opens up an entirely new dimension of human potential, and shows us how to achieve greatness in any position and any venue. All of us, Covey says, have within us the ...Read MoreIn the 7 Habits series, international bestselling author Stephen R. Covey showed us how to become as effective as it is possible to be. In his long-awaited new book, THE 8th HABIT, he opens up an entirely new dimension of human potential, and shows us how to achieve greatness in any position and any venue. All of us, Covey says, have within us the means for greatness. To tap into it is a matter of finding the right balance of four human attributes: talent, need, conscience and passion. At the nexus of these four attributes is what Covey calls voice - the unique, personal significance we each possess. Covey exhorts us all to move beyond effectiveness into the realm of greatness - and he shows us how to do so, by engaging our strengths and locating our powerful, individual voices. Why do we need this new habit? Because we have entered a new era in human history. The world is a profoundly different place than when THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE was originally published in 1989. The challenges and complexity we face today are of a different order of magnitude. We enjoy far greater autonomy in all areas of our lives, and along with this freedom comes the expectation that we will manage ourselves, instead of being managed by others. At the same time, we struggle to feel engaged, fulfilled and passionate. Tapping into the higher reaches of human genius and motivation to find our voice requires a new mindset, a new skill-set, a new tool-set - in short, a whole new habit.Read Less
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I thought I was purchasing the book "The 8th Habit". Instead I got a 2 inch by 3 inch book that is a 1/2 inch thick. I will be much more careful before I buy from this seller again.
Jun 23, 2011
8th Habit is absolutely jam packed with support for growth and happiness based on finding our voice and the power we have within ourselves to choose. It had a DVD with some of the most powerful illustrations intermingled as examples of the text...to sink the premise deep within.
Apr 26, 2009
I have read critics on stephen r covey..but i can't resist to find that his latest book on 8th Habit will open the eye of mine, and I believe for everyone who want to give his book a room to ponder upon.
8th habit is not something 'missed' when he writes The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The 8th is more on to add different dimension in applying 7 habits. For example, if we need to sharpen the saw, 8th habit will shed the light of physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspect to be sharpened in our daily life. we can't just be complacent with our emotional 'sharpen-the-saw' because we have 4 components in our selves.
Covey manages to put this into perspective. When discussed about physical, intellectual and emotional aspects, I would say - I agree 100%. But when talking about spiritual aspect, his definition is little bit diffrent from other book I read - Spiritual Quotient by Danah Zohar.
Anyhow, it is worth to understand his model on recognizing the voice of ours, and inspiring others. Once we find the relevance of the model, it is easy to develop self-model to work on success - either it to be rich, expert in knowledge, stable in emotional or highly undistracted spiritual growth.
I would recommend for those who are searching the model to improve oneself or school or company , please consider this book one of them.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-10-25 The original seven habits of highly successful people are still relevant, but Covey, author of the mega-bestseller of that title, says that the new Information/Knowledge Worker Age, exemplified by the Internet, calls for an eighth habit to achieve personal and organizational excellence: "Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs." Covey sees leadership "as a choice to deal with people in a way that will communicate to them their worth and potential so clearly they will come to see it in themselves." His holistic approach starts with developing one's own voice, one's "unique personal significance." The bulk of the book details how, after finding your own voice, you can inspire others and create a workplace where people feel engaged. This includes establishing trust, searching for third alternatives (not a compromise between your way and my way, but a third, better way) and developing a shared vision. This book isn't easy going; less business jargon and more practical examples would have made this livelier and more helpful. But if organizations operated with Covey's ideas-and ideals-most people would undoubtedly find work much more satisfying. DVD not seen by PW. (Nov. 9) FYI: Free Press is simultaneously publishing a 15th anniversary trade paperback edition of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold 15 million copies worldwide. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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