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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,269 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Covey Narrator: Stephen R. Covey Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781442350847
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In the 7 Habits series, international bestselling author Stephen R. Covey showed us how to become effective people. In his long-awaited new book, The 8th Habit, he opens up an entirely new dimension of human potential, and shows us how to achieve greatness in any position and any venue. All of us, Covey says, have within us the means for greatness. To tap into it is a matter of finding the right balance of four human attributes—talent, need, conscience, and passion. At the nexus of these four attributes is what Covey calls voice—the unique, personal significance we each possess. Covey exhorts us all to move beyond effectiveness into the realm of greatness—and he shows us how to do so, by engaging our strengths and locating our powerful, individual voices.

Why do we need this new habit? Because we have entered a new era in human history. The world is a profoundly different place than when The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was originally published in 1989. The challenges and complexity we face in our personal lives and relationships, in our families, in our professional lives, and in our organizations are of a different order of magnitude. We enjoy far greater autonomy in all areas of our lives, and along with this freedom comes the expectation that we will manage ourselves, instead of being managed by others. At the same time, we struggle to feel engaged, fulfilled, and passionate. Tapping into the higher reaches of human genius and motivation to find our voice requires a new mindset, a new skill-set, a new tool-set—in short, a whole new habit.

The 8th Habit opens a door into the exciting potential of this new age. Yet the 8th Habit, Covey says, is in itself not new—in fact, it’s a timeless part of human beings, but one that has often gone unrealized. It’s the voice of the human spirit, and it exists uniquely in each of us. It is the voice of hope, intelligence, resilience, and the limitless human potential to effect positive change in the world. We each have our own voice—our unique personal significance. It is revealed when we face our greatest challenges, and it makes us equal to them.

Covey’s new book will transform the way we think about ourselves, and about humankind. Just as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People helped us focus on success, The 8th Habit shows us the way to greatness. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.” 

    Horst Schulze Former President and COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

  • “If organizations operated with Covey’s ideas—and ideals—most people would undoubtedly find work much more satisfying.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • The 8th habit comprises finding your ‘voice’—your unique personal significance—and inspiring others to find theirs…Though conceived for individuals, Covey’ s book will be of tremendous importance to organizations and businesses.”  

    Library Journal

  • “Tapping into the higher reaches of human genius and motivation requires a new leadership voice, Covey says, a new tool-set, a new habit. That’s what this book is about: finding the passion to understand and develop an inner voice at work that gives meaning to work and life. The 8th Habit is a unique look at developing the lifelong talents of a leader.” 

    Bookpage

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lan Sky | 2/18/2014

    " I have read this book and have finished a book review submitted to my professor in a Human Resource subject in an MBA course. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alaa | 2/17/2014

    " Not as good as the 7 habbits, but it's a valuable addition to it. Very usefull in corporate life.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Schardein | 2/10/2014

    " Not certain I will finish this one, as it has not lived up to expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Tull | 2/7/2014

    " Note: To find our voice and inspire other to find theirs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/6/2014

    " Another life changing book! Covey is amazing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiel | 1/30/2014

    " Lame, lame, lame. Lots of buzzwords used to describe a very intangible, impractical leadership model. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramy Khodeir | 1/30/2014

    " A complementing habit for effectiveness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 1/28/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD, as I do most "self-help: books. I like to skim these for information and ideas rather than word for word and listening lends to this reading style. I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this book, thought they were well written and insightful. My appreciation for well-known principles spoken in new ways was satisfied. However, from here on out, the book really started to dry up for me, and I don't know that I would recommend it to anyone. Well, I might recommend the first half, which would be pretty much like reading the whole book. Covey's writing reads to me more like a journal entry or the transcript from a counseling session than a list of habits, which never fails to perplex me given the titles "7 habits" and "the 8th habit." I take to objection to this principles in his books, guess I've just become familiar to the point of boredom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veridiana | 1/15/2014

    " Banyak sentuhan spiritualitas yang terasa kental dibanding karya Stephen Covey yang sebelum-sebelumnya. Bagus. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hamyza | 1/9/2014

    " inspiring book for leadership and greatness!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 12/10/2013

    " This book has some excellent insights and advice. Overall though it was a challenge to finish. Covey tends to ramble on in some areas and it almost feels more like he is writing a journal or blog instead of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 10/23/2013

    " Great understanding of how to discover one's passion -- and the importance of passion in being a person of significance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Brady | 9/11/2013

    " the 8th habbit is to know but not to do then is not to know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edwin | 7/14/2013

    " Unlike "The 7 Habits", which nicely simplifies life principles. In this book, the author is making things complicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer Marr | 6/8/2013

    " For some reason, I found the 8th Habit a little harder to read than the 7 Habits which I've read multiple times. But its still a good read with plenty to learn from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/23/2013

    " I am reading the full version of this right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 4/6/2013

    " Quote from the book: "Leaders do not avoid, repress, or deny conflict, but rather see it as an opportunity." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curtis | 11/28/2012

    " I think I'm not in the right place to read this book now. I'll try back in a few months/years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 10/15/2012

    " Wow. Very conflicted about this book. Many of Covey's ideas were profound, however the book is a jumbled mess of fuzzy semantics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rasha Kurdi | 9/28/2012

    " So many times I wondered why are they just seven habits untel I read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roos | 3/17/2012

    " It takes so long to finish this book, almost 8 months. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fotografer | 2/12/2012

    " as human one shld exemplify humbleness, courage into their leadership roles formally or informally "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 nfranco | 12/17/2011

    " had to read it for my admin class. it was an okay book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Schuler | 9/3/2011

    " Great book, I have read some of his other books and found this one so much more in depth. I almost found it to be a harder read then his previous books but does explain why we struggle in time management. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khairi | 6/28/2011

    " Couldn't finish the book, very good points in earliers cahpters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 6/18/2011

    " a required read for graduate school. enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/15/2011

    " Wonderful side to business world of life... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esmee | 3/8/2011

    " Note: To find our voice and inspire other to find theirs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fotografer | 1/15/2011

    " as human one shld exemplify humbleness, courage into their leadership roles formally or informally "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sriram | 9/23/2010

    " One of the exceptionally great books that I have read. Many thanks to Stephen Covey for his insightful thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 9/19/2010

    " Stephen Covey's icing on the cake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raj | 9/2/2010

    " Just started with this book. Very inspiring .I am trying to apply a few thoughts from this book in my organization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 edypekalongan | 8/6/2010

    " the root is still same , how to be better... and happy. and be your self. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/8/2010

    " Enjoyed the DvD with the book that had video shorts that illustrated the principles and lessons in the book. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen R. CoveyStephen R. Covey, an internationally respected leadership expert, is the author of several acclaimed books, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This New York Times No 1 international bestseller has also been on the bestseller lists of BusinessWeek, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly for over five years. More than 12 million copies of tis powerful book have been sold in 33 languages throughout the world. Dr. Covey is also co-founder and vice chairman of Franklin Covey Co., a premier leadership and professional services firm taht helps individuals and organizations measurably improve their effectiveness in time management, leadership, communication, and sales.