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.
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"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."
Barry (4 out of 5 stars)