The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

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by Stephen R. Covey

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ISBN-10: 0684846659

ISBN-13: 9780684846651

Pub. Date: 11/09/2004

Publisher: Free Press

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


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 asž

•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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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 & Max Revisited

Appendix 8 The FranklinCovey Approach



About FranklinCovey

About the Author

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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book can help us cope with the new challenges in both our life and the workplace, such as facing blaming culture in the workplace and at home, facing jerky boss who is not principle-centered (with positional authority, not moral authority!), victimism,being disengaged physically, mentally, socially, or spiritually at work due to co-dependency between top management and the labour force, and the like. I read the entire book once. I am now reading it the second time with my highlighter this time.Very serious reading and soul searching! It is very inspiring--the Eighth Habit, finding your OWN VOICE, and inspiring others to find it. It may sound a bit idealistic at the first glance. But it is certainly a proactive, correct principle to start with, especially when trust is deteriorating in most companies these days---lean, and VERY MEAN! It is simply a lack of LOVE in the workplace( a case in point is the downsizing of 2000 people, eventually the CEO as well, in a British-owned, big bank in Hong Kong, even the Bank is making attractive profits!). Greed, selfishness, and not willing to share profts and the fruits of success are commonplace everywhere. The excuses are doing it for the sake of shareholders' value, staying lean and VERY MEAN to stay profitable and competitive. Corporations need more moral conscience--both Making Meaning, and Making Money. The modern management techniques such as Reengineering, Right-sizing, Balanced Scorecard and so forth really have a lot of intended and unintended side-effects on the workforce (Human use of human beings--even more correctly put it, inhuman use of human beings). Covey did it again because the 8TH Habits is very much in line with his previous work--Seven Habits, Principle-centered Leadership, and First Things First (all Great Work!). Very down to earth, practical, and thoughts-provoking. This time, the book comes with a DVD (excellent films inside). I don't think any book on Leadership and Motivation can beat this book with such a Good Value for both the money and the wisdom embodied inside the book. Read this book at least twice. You will get even more out of it,since Dr. Covey spent over 5 years in writing it up, with all his great'IQ, EQ, SQ, and PQ' working synergistically together.
clifton_mcknight More than 1 year ago
If you are a student of success, this belongs in your library. It is dense and content rich and it did call for me to read in segments. It was well worth it. I loved the free video access that came with the book and joined the online community to further support my goals. Covey encourages you to FIND YOUR VOICE as well as to help others find theirs. A portion of the 8th Habit reviews Stephen Covey's earlier work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. You may want a solid refresher. I enjoyed the diagrams too. I qualified this recommendation as being for "students of success" because of the book's somewhat academic approach. Covey's writing style is quite different than the more "conversational" tone of my books and articles. I still can embrace it as his language is almost a technology and I have a healthy respect for technology. As a speaker, author and workshop leader, I find myself quoting Stephen Covey and Anthony Robbins frequently among others. Their styles and respective natures seem to be at opposite sides of the spectrum in some ways yet I find great value from them both. Lastly, Covey's videos, free as part of The 8th Habit tools and resources, are excellent and make picking up a copy an intelligent no brainer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read Covey's prior book (The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People) and having found it impressive, I could not resist getting hold of The 8th Habit - From Effectiveness to Greatness. In The 7 Habits, published in 1989, Covey had outlined how to achieve effectiveness at work by changing the way of thinking. Now, in his new book, Covey says, effectiveness is no longer enough. In the 21st century that's merely the 'price of entry to the playing field' of well-compensated work. In this book, Covey offers ideas of how leadership roles have changed and how one can take on the roles of the new leader. The overriding theme of the 8th habit is to find your leadership 'voice'-your unique personal significance-and inspiring others to find theirs. Crucial to this is shifting to a 'whole-person paradigm' in which one's body, mind, heart, and spirit are all engaged. Covey predicts that society will transition from property-based industrialism to a 'Knowledge Worker Age' that incubates and capitalizes on this whole-person paradigm. Dr. Covey introduces the 4 roles of the new leader--modelling, pathfinding, aligning and empowering - and how those qualities can change you and your organization. He discusses how trust can be lost throughout organizations and how it is imperative that any organization bring trust back to the company if it is to survive. Covey also shows how to go from what he calls a 'want to' person to a 'can do' person and how doing so can completely transform people and organizations. As a Human Resources Consultant and trainer, I found his FAQ sections regarding real-life application of the theories insightful. However, I feel that what worked so well for 7 Habits is that each concept, each chapter was easy to understand. It was easy to place it in context with the other habits, and one could easily choose what you needed to do to implement the concept. The 8th Habit is slightly more complex, and it is a set of habits all to itself. While it is easy to grasp and comprehend the idea behind being a trim-tab spirit in your organization, it is a bit more tricky trying to see the practical application of the Circle Of Knowledge/Ignorance by the time you reach the end of the book. I would recommend this book to people who are serious about leading and assisting others, and only for those who are willing to take the book in small chunks, trying hard to learn it as you go. If you try and read the book through in a session or two, you'll come away with a few good tips, but nothing close to what Covey intended you to take away.
After2012 More than 1 year ago
Godd stuff. Steven Covey hit the nail on the head with this one. The workers need to be listened and treated as important components of the company organization instead of replaceable parts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
True leaders create an inspirational vision for the future, and then share such vision with their teams. Inspired teams embrace the same vision, share the same dream, have the ability to think outside the box, are not afraid to take risks, innovate, and together achieve the most amazing results.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1988 Covey's seminal work heightened the importance of character in achieving success. His interdependence principle was ahead of its time as indicated by today's global alliances and partnerships. Also, his concept of character as being a composite of Habits provided actionable reader awareness. But, a college students knows proactivity is better that reactivity. That we all put first things first in our daily priorities. In order to accomplish anything one must know the end point - called vision then. Win/Win and haveing the facts before acting are just good common sense. In the 8th Habit Covey attempts to bridge the 16 year gap to today's knowledge based-economy. Finding ones voice and inspiring other to find theirs is a motivational technique that Maxwell, Dyer, Peal, Robbins and many others have written about for years. A more appropiate approach would have been to extend the Habits - really skills - into Competencies For Success. Competencies are the what, how and why abilities currency of the new millennium. Progressive colleges (like Alverno), states (Virginia), companies (Corning Incorporated), school systems (Boston) and government agencies (US Park Service) are making this transition. In today's rapidly changing, technologically driven global economy with its increasingly diverse workforce how can one seeking success not incorporate: 1.) Customer driven 2.) Response time that is a sustainable competitive advantage in added customer value 3.) Problem solving utilizing technology 4.) A global perspective with cultural understanding 5.) Managing one's carrer to achieve the required competencies needed for success. In developing meaningful competencies that people can develop for success in one's career and life. Considering his past substantial contributions I give Dr. Covey C+ for one more habit
Guest More than 1 year ago
A cynic toward sequels would note that Steven Covey took only a little more than 300 pages to explain his first seven habits, but 409 pages and an accompanying CD to expound on the eighth. Cynicism aside, however, this book - this 8th Habit - is worth every page. Give Covey credit. He could rest on his laurels and just write bland, non-threatening 'how to lead' books and they would all be bestsellers. Covey eschews mediocrity, however, and tells it straight. Most employees experience considerable emotional pain working in their organizations, he says, because they are treated as objects, not full human beings. Covey adds his prestige to the notion that the knowledge worker is a new model for change in the unspoken, unwritten contract between employer and worker. He bases this fresh paradigm on respect for the complete person - mind, body, heart and soul - not just the part that works from nine to five. Covey¿s voice is powerful and unique. He is committed to helping others find their unique voices as well. We recommend this highly for anyone in the workplace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book quite some time ago but I have to say it 's one of the best ! I would highly recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read his other books i.e. 7-Habits or First things first. This looks like a great book to start that journey. Thanks to USA Today, I read about Mr. Covey & his new book. Family, work, community, & church has somehow been re-invented or was it there along? truth eternal
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Covey past books and his new book have been an inspiration to me and has made a huge change in me!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can not wait to get Covey's new book. I have been so greatly helped by his books in the past and I look forward to this new one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author of the, 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People', has created yet another masterpiece. Only Covey could supercede the '7th Habit' with the '8th Habit'.
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The author talks about three most important birth gifts ¿ freedom to choose, principles, 4 intelligences/capacities - mental, physical, emotional & spiritual. A `whole-person¿ approach is taken that deals with all the 4 intelligences/capacities. Then the author applies the 7 habits (for personal greatness), 4 roles of leadership (for leadership greatness), 6 principles or drivers to execution (for organizational greatness) to the `whole-person¿ approach. Other notable things that are illustrated are: productivity pyramid, talking stick concept, creating compelling score board, seeking feedback about our `blind-spots¿ etc. The movie clips in the accompanied DVD reinforces author¿s points.
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The author first talks about three most important birth gifts (freedom and power to choose, principles and 4 intelligences/capacities - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) and uses the `whole-person¿ approach to prove his point - applying the 7 habits (personal greatness), the 4 roles of leadership (leadership greatness) and the 6 principles or drivers to execution (organizational greatness) to that model. The movie clippings in the accompanied DVD reinforce Covey's point.