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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
Stephen R. Covey

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Pub. Date: November 2004

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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 organizations 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 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 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 organization'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 as:
  • 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; organizations 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 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.

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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.
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Steve Covey does it again with cutting-edge thinking. The 8th Habit is about finding out why you're here and helping others to do the same. Is there a nobler cause? Don't miss this book!"
—Ken Blanchard coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Customer Mania!


Covey's work has influenced millions upon millions of people worldwide. In this book, he takes a huge conceptual leap and introduces us to ideas and practices that will have a profound impact on all our lives. The 8th Habit is a marvelous read, a triumph of the spirit, and, in my view, Covey's most important work.
—Warren Bennis Distinguished Professor of Management, USC; author of On Becoming a Leader and coauthor of Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders


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.


For years I have been using the 7 Habits as guiding principles in leading my business. I had to read The 8th Habit. Having done so, I am completely wowed, captured, and empowered. 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 has long been a sure-footed guide to those desiring to better themselves. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness shows how to climb to the summit of fulfillment and achievement.
—Steve Forbes President and CEO of Forbes and Editor In Chief of Forbes Magazine


I hope Stephen writes a dozen more books. But should he not do so, The 8th Habit will clearly stand as the crowning achievement of a lifetime of service. May millions upon millions the world over read, share, and be moved to firmly grasp the reins of their lives as a result!
—Tom Peters author of Re-Imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age


 
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Stephen R. Covey is a renowned authority on leadership, a family expert, teacher, organizational 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 Americans. Covey lives with his wife, Sandra, and their family in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.



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Table of Contents

1The Pain1
2The Problem12
3The Solution25
PART 1FIND YOUR VOICE37
4Discover Your Voice—Unopened Birth-Gifts39
5Express Your Voice—Vision, Discipline, Passion and Conscience64
PART 2INSPIRE OTHERS TO FIND THEIR VOICE95
6Inspiring Others to Find Their Voice—The Leadership Challenge97
FOCUS—MODELING AND PATHFINDING125
7The Voice of Influence—Be a Trim-Tab126
8The Voice of Trustworthiness—Modeling Character and Competence146
9The Voice of Speed and Trust161
10Blending Voices—Searching for the Third Alternative186
11One Voice—Pathfinding Shared Vision, Values and Strategy215
EXECUTION—ALIGNING AND EMPOWERING231
12The Voice and Discipline of Execution—Aligning Goals and Systems for Results
13The Empowering Voice—Releasing Passion and Talent
THE AGE OF WISDOM269
14The 8th Habit and the Sweet Spot270
15Using Our Voices Wisely to Serve Others292
20 Most Commonly Asked Questions318
APPENDICES329
A 1Developing the 4 Intelligences/Capacities: A Practical Guide to Action331
A 2Literature Review of Leadership Theories352
A 3Representative Statements on Leadership and Management360
A 4The High Cost of Low Trust365
A 5Implementing the 4 Disciplines of Execution369
A 6xQ Results370
A 7Max & Max Revisited374
A 8The FranklinCovey Approach379
Notes383
Index389
About FranklinCovey407
About the Author409



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