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 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; 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....Continua
The first part of this book was fantastic for the personal development of an individual. I personally like a couple of the Venn diagrams that Stephen Covey had included in the book, which highlighted the importance of mind, body, spirit and heart in one's job and every day life. However, the later part of the book seemed to be more focused on businesses which i felt was irrelevant for me....Continua
It comes with a DVD which greatly enhanced your reading experience. I have read half of it, but stopped when it became a bit too high-sounding, but again it can be because I never worked in very big organization. Worth reading altogether.
This book adds the most important and long-lasting element to his previous best-selling and widely influenced book - "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
The emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions are equally essential to the learning and growth facet of life. It provides me a balanced check-list for my daily livings and I found the reward of greater satisfaction and better achievement of my personal life goals....Continua