Synopses & Reviews
The world has changed dramatically since the classic, internationally bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
was published, influencing tens of millions. The challenges and complexity we all face in our relationships, families, professional lives and communities are of an entirely new order of magnitude. 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...to greatness.
Accessing the higher levels of human genius and motivation in today's new reality requires a sea change of new thinking — a new mind-set, a new skill-set, a new tool-set — in short, a whole new habit.
"The 8th Habit will clearly stand as the crowning achievement of Covey's lifetime of service." Tom Peters, author of Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age
"Getting results in large companies is a very rare skill and this book captures how to do it. The guidance provided here will prove invaluable for leaders who are trying to drive tighter execution in their organizations." Kevin Rollins, President and CEO, Dell, Inc.
"The 8th Habit
is a true masterpiece, a must-read. These principles of personal and organizational leadership, when lived, unleash human genius and inspire deep commitment and magnificent levels of service and satisfaction. This book will be my gift to all my associates as required reading for all of my future endeavors."
-- Horst Schulze, former President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
"Stephen Covey continues to wow us with his new The 8th Habit.
As the world's most respected leadership expert, he builds on the foundation of his bestselling 7 Habits
and gives a pattern for life that is passionate, makes a difference and leaves a legacy of greatness."
-- Larry King
"The 8th Habit
is a marvelous read, a triumph of the spirit and, in my view, Covey's most important work."
-- Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader
"Getting results in large companies is a very rare skill and this book captures how to do it."
-- Kevin Rollins, President and CEO, Dell, Inc.
From Stephen R. Covey comes a profound, compelling, and groundbreaking book of next-level thinking that gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the "Knowledge Worker Age."
In the more than twenty-five years since its publication, the classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has become an international phenomenon with more than twenty-five million copies sold. Tens of millions of people in business, government, schools, and families, and, most importantly, as individuals, have dramatically improved their lives and organizations by applying the principles of Stephen R. Covey's classic book. The world, however, is a vastly changed place. Being effective as individuals and organizations 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 change in thinking: a new mindset, 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 organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice."
Covey's new book will transform the way we think about ourselves, our purpose in life, 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.
The author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People urges readers to go beyond effectiveness into a whole other dimension of human experience — the potential for greatness.
About the Author
Recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey has dedicated his life to demonstrating how every person can truly control their destiny with profound, yet straightforward guidance. As an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, his advice has given insight to millions. He has sold over 20 million books sold (in 38 languages), and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. His most recent major book, The 8th Habit , has sold nearly 400,000 copies. He holds an MBA from Harvard, and doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. He is the co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. He lives with his wife and family in Utah.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Pain
Chapter 2 The Problem
Chapter 3 The Solution
Part 1: Find Your Voice
Chapter 4 Discover Your Voice -- Unopened Birth-Gifts
Chapter 5 Express Your Voice -- Vision, Discipline, Passion and Conscience
Part 2: Inspire Others to Find Their Voice
Chapter 6 Inspiring Others to Find Their Voice -- The Leadership Challenge
Focus -- Modeling and Pathfinding
Chapter 7 The Voice of Influence -- Be a Trim-Tab
Chapter 8 The Voice of Trustworthiness -- Modeling Character and Competence
Chapter 9 The Voice and Speed of Trust
Chapter 10 Blending Voices -- Searching for the Third Alternative
Chapter 11 One Voice -- Pathfinding Shared Vision, Values and Strategy Execution -- Aligning and Empowering
Chapter 12 The Voice and Discipline of Execution -- Aligning Goals and Systems for Results
Chapter 13 The Empowering Voice -- Releasing Passion and Talent
The Age of Wisdom
Chapter 14 The 8th Habit and the Sweet Spot
Chapter 15 Using Our Voices Wisely to Serve Others
Twenty Most Commonly Asked Questions
Appendix 1 Developing the 4 Intelligences/Capacities: A Practical Guide to Action
Appendix 2 Literature Review of Leadership Theories
Appendix 3 Representative Statements on Leadership and Management
Appendix 4 The High Cost of Low Trust
Appendix 5 Implementing the 4 Disciplines of Execution
Appendix 6 xQ Results
Appendix 7 Max and Max Revisited
Appendix 8 The FranklinCovey Approach
About the Author