The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 9, 2004 - Business & Economics - 409 pages
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Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking book of next-level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the “Knowledge Worker Age.”

In the more than fifteen years since its publication, the classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has become an international phenomenon with over fifteen million copies sold. Tens of millions of people in business, government, schools, and families, and, most important, as individuals have dramatically improved their lives and organisations by applying the principles of Stephen R. Covey's classic book.

The world, though, is a vastly changed place. The challenges and complexity we all face in our relationships, families, professional lives, and communities are of an entirely new order of magnitude. Being effective as individuals and organisations is no longer merely an option — survival in today's world requires it. 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: a new mind-set, a new skill-set, a new tool-set — in short, a whole new habit. 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 or unique contribution. The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul's yearning for greatness, the organisation's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its ”voice“. Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new book of next-level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the ”Knowledge Worker Age“. The 8th Habit shows how to solve such common dilemmas

•People want peace of mind and good relationships, but also want to keep their lifestyle and habits. •Relationships are built on trust, but most people think more in terms of ”me“ my wants, my needs, my rights. •Management wants more for less; employees want more of ”what's in it for me“ for less time and effort. •Businesses are run by the economic rules of the marketplace; organisations are run by the cultural rules of the workplace.
•Society operates by its dominant social values, but must live with the consequences of the inviolable operation of natural laws and principles.

Covey's new book will transform the way we think about ourselves and our purpose in life, about our organisations, 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.
  

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This is the sequel to the imfamous 7th Habits and I loved it the same. I think he is not just a writer but mentor as well. Reading his books make you feel like you know him or can relate to him as a ... Read full review

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Contents

The Pain
1
The Problem
12
The Solution
25
Chapter4 Discover Your VoiceUnopened BirthGifts
39
Chapter5 Express Your VoiceVision Discipline
64
Inspiring Others to Find Their Voice
97
The Voice of InfluenceBe a TrimTab
126
The Voice of Trustworthiness
146
One VoicePathfinding Shared Vision
215
The Voice and Discipline of Execution
232
Chapter13 The Empowering Voice
249
Literature Review of Leadership Theories
352
Representative Statements on Leadership
360
Implementing the 4 Disciplines of Execution
369
The FranklinCovey Approach
379
Index
389

The Voice and Speed of Trust
161
Blending VoicesSearching for
186
About FranklinCovey
407
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Stephen R. Covey is a renowned authority on leadership, a family expert, teacher, organisational consultant, and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co. The author of several acclaimed books, he has also received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of Time magazine's twenty-five most influential people. Covey lives with his wife, Sandra, and their family in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.

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