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)
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
... 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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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
"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.
"Covey does it again!"
I had already bought a hard copy of the 8th Habit by the time I was halfway through the audiobook. I just had to digest some of Covey's brilliant but common sense ideas through my eyes and not just my ears.
The 7 habits are a great ground work and will take most of us from behaving like misguided idiots to having meaning and direction ... the 8th habit teaches us how to apply the 7 habits in such a concentrated way that we'll blow the socks off of everyone around us.
By Darcy Rezac, Author: Work the Pond! I teach Leadership and The Secrets of Positive Networking. This is the best book on Leadership since Koestenbaum. Not only does Covey summarize key works on Leadership, he summarizes his own 7 habits. The power of finding your voice, stepping out of your comfort zone and empowering others to do the same is awesome. Covey's best book.
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