The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (英語) カセット – Audiobook, 2005/1/3
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In the 7 Habits series, international bestselling author Stephen R. Covey showed us how to become as effective as it is possible to be. In his long-awaited new book, THE 8th HABIT, he opens up an entirely new dimension of human potential, urging us beyound effectiveness towards true personal greatness. 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 key 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 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 the world has changed profoundly since THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE was originally published in 1989. The challenges and complexity we face today 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.
Horst SchulzeFormer President and COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel CompanyFor years I have been using the 7 Habits as guiding principles in leading my business. I had to read "The 8th Habit." Having done so, I am completely wowed, captured, and empowered. "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. --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
内容については、昔から存在している「Principle(原則）」を21世紀の情報化社会、知識社会に則した形で述べられており、The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People（７つの習慣）同様、今後50年、100年と色あせることはないと思います。
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People（７つの習慣）もそうですが、The 8th Habit（第８の習慣）も身につけるのは容易なことではないかもしれません。しかし、やればやるほどすばらしい収穫が待っていると思います。
This book is for all who seeks for greatness in an era which Covey refers as the Age of Wisdom. Enabling others to find their voice is a new definition of leadership.
The companion DVD contains excellent inspirational films that you don't want to miss.
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The book is split in three parts. The first part is an introduction part which is some chapters about how many people are currently lost in their job and their lives. It continues to talk about the change from the industrial age to the knowledge worker age and how everyone needs to be deeply involved in their work. I thought the first couple of chapters were great and looked forward to the rest of the book.
The next part is "finding your voice" which isn't very large and largely repeats Coveys earlier work. If you have read the previous books in this series, like me, then you'll probably gradually fall asleep! It is not that the things he talks about are unimportant or that he doesn't use the Covey inspirational way of writing, its just that it takes too long and has too much repetition.
The third part, by far the largest part of the book, talks about helping others to find it. Covey uses four "roles" to structure his work. They are "modeling", "pathfinding", "aligning" and "empowering". Modeling and pathfinding are part of what he calls "focus". Modeling refers to being a model for others. Pathfinding relates to creating a common vision for which people are passionate.
The third and fourth role are what he calls "execution". The first one is aligning which relates to aligning the system and goals. The last is empowering, which I guess is clear what it means. Most of the things Covey discusses are quite standard in leadership and organizational literature. I don't think, in this case, he contributed very much, instead he tried to link everything together and squeeze it in his model of the world. Sometimes the linking of things seemed fairly arbitrary to me, which made me somewhat uncomfortable.
All in all, I think the 8th habit was a huge disappointment. His earlier work is concrete and inspirational. However, 8th habit is more abstract, still inspirational and ... too long. It probably should have been a new chapter to the 8th habits instead!
I wouldn't really recommend picking up the 8th habit. It's probably better to look at Coveys older work (7 habits). After reading these, this one is not worth reading. It is not a bad book either thus 3 stars.
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.