The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 23 minutes|
|Author||Stephen R. Covey|
|Narrator||Stephen R. Covey|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 03, 2004|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,532 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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If you already know the original 7 habits material very well, you might be disappointed by the large amount of time that the 8th habit book spends restating and elaborating upon the original 7 habits topics.
If you have not read the original 7 habits; I suggest that you start with the 7 habits before spending any time with this newer book.
ѾѾѾ Somewhat recommended, with reservations and only lukewarm fuzzies.
When I first read Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book over 15 years ago, I loved that book. It was filled with wisdom and ideas. There are less Aha's, epiphanies, enlightenments in this book, and the writing drags on too slowly through each chapter and the book uses far too many words to swim around some concepts that could be more concisely written. For example, one of my favorite sections in the book is at the very end in "Appendix 1: Developing The 4 Intelligences/Capacities - A Practical Guide To Action". The 20 pages of this Appendix 1 are succinct, concise, filled with little pearl nuggets of wisdom, and I cannot think of a single sentence that is filler material in that section. I am glad that I did not read this "Appendix 1" section at the end of the book first or else I would have thought that the book dragged on even more.
Most of the chapters in this book seem to float around in the general vicinity of a topic with far less purpose, often being repetitive, and I often found myself thinking "where are you going with this?" while I was in the middle of a chapter. Unlike his '7 Habits' book that I finished reading within two weeks, it took me about ten months to finally finish reading this book because I got bored with it numerous times when a chapter got bogged down, oftentimes because I thought the discussion went wandering aimlessly too far off into the deep philosophical jungles or became too repetitive. It is very rare for me to take ten months to finish reading any book. But with this book, I would read one or two chapters, get bored with it, leave it alone for one or two months, and then grudgingly resume reading it later on.
I get the distinct impression that during the 15 years between his '7 Habits' book and this '8th Habit' book, Covey read, considered, and included much more Eastern philosophy into his worldview. There are some good concepts in this book, albeit they are also not original ideas. Finding one's inner voice and passion, and the importance of trust, character, and discipline are well-trodden ground, covered from many different angles by motivational/business/self-help books over the previous 40+ years. Even if you like this repackaging of well-known concepts, you still have to chew through a lot of verbal gristle in this book in order to get to the essential meat of each concept that Covey is trying to convey. This book could have been a far better read if its concepts were distilled down into one third less pages (or even one half less pages in some chapters) because the wording in most chapters is not focused well and the book is in serious need of heavy amounts of editing and rewording.
It is a big message Covey shares with us and one that takes some noodling through. The fact that it requires thinking, reflection, and ultimately action may make this a book that everyone has but not everyone is ready for. Timing is everything. You may not need/accept this message at this time, but a some point in time, you will be sitting there reading saying to yourself, "Ah, Hah!" instead of what other reviewers have referred to as, "Duh."
This book is the step beyond just "Sharpening the Saw (effective habit #7). This is about taking your accumulated wisdom/bliss/passion and passing it on to others as well as helping them do the same. It is about legacy, learning, and living. It is a book that requires some maturity to appreciate.
If you are looking for a quick fix, the next big thing, some checklist you can race through, this book is not for you. IF, however, you are looking for something to help you make a significant difference in your life and the lives of others, PLEASE...read, re-read, and - most of all - DO what Stephen suggests.
Top reviews from other countries
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I would say try this one and go back to the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People", his previous work.
Find your voice and inspire others find theirs. This book is about transition from effectiveness to greatness.
A study book to mature individuals and life changing.