From the author that brought you the New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People comes a guide to accessing and encouraging the human potential for greatness.
In the more than twenty-five years since its publication, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has become an international phenomenon with more than twenty-five million copies sold. Tens of millions of people in business, government, and schools have dramatically improved their lives and organizations by applying the principles of Stephen R. Covey's classic book.
The world, however, is a vastly changed place. Being effective as individuals and organizations is no longer merely an option--it's a requirement for survival. 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. In this era of human history, our call is for greatness--holistic fulfillment, passionate execution, and significant contribution.
Accessing the higher levels of human genius in today's new reality requires a change in thinking: a new mindset and a new skill-set--in short, a 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. 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."
Covey's books have transformed the way we think about ourselves, our purpose in life, 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.
"Stephen Covey continues to wow us with his new The 8th Habit. As the world's most respected leadership expert, he builds on the foundation of his bestselling 7 Habits and gives a pattern for life that is passionate, makes a difference and leaves a legacy of greatness." -- Larry King
"The 8th Habit is a marvelous read, a triumph of the spirit and, in my view, Covey's most important work." -- Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader
"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
"The 8th Habit will clearly stand as the crowning achievement of Covey's lifetime of service." -- Tom Peters, author of Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age
"Getting results in large companies is a very rare skill and this book captures how to do it." -- Kevin Rollins, President and CEO, Dell, Inc.
Table of Contents:
Contents Chapter 1 The Pain
Chapter 2 The Problem
Chapter 3 The Solution
Part 1: Find Your Voice
Chapter 4 Discover Your Voice -- Unopened Birth-Gifts
Chapter 5 Express Your Voice -- Vision, Discipline, Passion and Conscience
Part 2: Inspire Others to Find Their Voice
Chapter 6 Inspiring Others to Find Their Voice -- The Leadership Challenge
Focus -- Modeling and Pathfinding
Chapter 7 The Voice of Influence -- Be a Trim-Tab
Chapter 8 The Voice of Trustworthiness -- Modeling Character and Competence
Chapter 9 The Voice and Speed of Trust
Chapter 10 Blending Voices -- Searching for the Third Alternative
Chapter 11 One Voice -- Pathfinding Shared Vision, Values and Strategy Execution -- Aligning and Empowering
Chapter 12 The Voice and Discipline of Execution -- Aligning Goals and Systems for Results
Chapter 13 The Empowering Voice -- Releasing Passion and Talent
The Age of Wisdom
Chapter 14 The 8th Habit and the Sweet Spot
Chapter 15 Using Our Voices Wisely to Serve Others
Twenty Most Commonly Asked Questions
Appendix 1 Developing the 4 Intelligences/Capacities: A Practical Guide to Action
Appendix 2 Literature Review of Leadership Theories
Appendix 3 Representative Statements on Leadership and Management
Appendix 4 The High Cost of Low Trust
Appendix 5 Implementing the 4 Disciplines of Execution
Appendix 6 xQ Results
Appendix 7 Max & Max Revisited
Appendix 8 The FranklinCovey Approach
About the Author
Contributor Bio: Covey, Stephen R Recognized as one of Time magazine's twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than twenty-five million copies in thirty-eight languages, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, a leading global training firm.