The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (英語) CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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In the more than fifteen years since its publication, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has become an international phenomenon with over fifteen million copies sold. Tens of millions of people have dramatically improved their lives and organizations by applying the principles of Stephen R. Covey's classic.
Being effective as individuals and organizations is no longer merely an option -- survival in today's world requires it. Accessing the higher levels of human genius and motivation in today's new reality requires a sea change in thinking, 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 organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice." Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new audiobook will transform the way we think about ourselves and our purpose in life, about our organizations, and about humankind.
Ken Blanchard coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Customer Mania! Steve Covey does it again with cutting-edge thinking. The 8th Habit is about finding out why you're here and helping others to do the same. Is there a nobler cause? Don't miss this book!"
Warren Bennis Distinguished Professor of Management, USC; author of On Becoming a Leader; and coauthor of Geeks and Geezers: How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders Covey's work has influenced millions upon millions of people worldwide. In this book, he takes a huge conceptual leap and introduces us to ideas and practices that will have a profound impact on all our lives. The 8th Habit is a marvelous read, a triumph of the spirit, and, in my view, Covey's most important work.
Kevin Rollins President and CEO, Dell, Inc. Getting results in large companies is a very rare skill and this book captures how to do it. The guidance provided here will prove invaluable for leaders who are trying to drive tighter execution in their organizations.
Horst Schulze Former President and COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company For 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.
Steve Forbes President and CEO of Forbes and Editor In Chief of Forbes Magazine Stephen Covey has long been a sure-footed guide to those desiring to better themselves. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness shows how to climb to the summit of fulfillment and achievement.
Tom Peters author of Re-Imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age I hope Stephen writes a dozen more books. But should he not do so, The 8th Habit will clearly stand as the crowning achievement of a lifetime of service. May millions upon millions the world over read, share, and be moved to firmly grasp the reins of their lives as a result!
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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。
このThe 8th Habit（第８の習慣）もThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People（７つの習慣）と並んで、Stephen R.Covey氏の代表作になると確信しています。
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.
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.
It is a big message Covey shares with us and one that takes some noodling through. The fact that it requires thinking, reflection, and ultimately action may make this a book that everyone has but not everyone is ready for. Timing is everything. You may not need/accept this message at this time, but a some point in time, you will be sitting there reading saying to yourself, "Ah, Hah!" instead of what other reviewers have referred to as, "Duh."
This book is the step beyond just "Sharpening the Saw (effective habit #7). This is about taking your accumulated wisdom/bliss/passion and passing it on to others as well as helping them do the same. It is about legacy, learning, and living. It is a book that requires some maturity to appreciate.
If you are looking for a quick fix, the next big thing, some checklist you can race through, this book is not for you. IF, however, you are looking for something to help you make a significant difference in your life and the lives of others, PLEASE...read, re-read, and - most of all - DO what Stephen suggests.
ѾѾѾ Somewhat recommended, with reservations and only lukewarm fuzzies.
When I first read Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book over 15 years ago, I loved that book. It was filled with wisdom and ideas. There are less Aha's, epiphanies, enlightenments in this book, and the writing drags on too slowly through each chapter and the book uses far too many words to swim around some concepts that could be more concisely written. For example, one of my favorite sections in the book is at the very end in "Appendix 1: Developing The 4 Intelligences/Capacities - A Practical Guide To Action". The 20 pages of this Appendix 1 are succinct, concise, filled with little pearl nuggets of wisdom, and I cannot think of a single sentence that is filler material in that section. I am glad that I did not read this "Appendix 1" section at the end of the book first or else I would have thought that the book dragged on even more.
Most of the chapters in this book seem to float around in the general vicinity of a topic with far less purpose, often being repetitive, and I often found myself thinking "where are you going with this?" while I was in the middle of a chapter. Unlike his '7 Habits' book that I finished reading within two weeks, it took me about ten months to finally finish reading this book because I got bored with it numerous times when a chapter got bogged down, oftentimes because I thought the discussion went wandering aimlessly too far off into the deep philosophical jungles or became too repetitive. It is very rare for me to take ten months to finish reading any book. But with this book, I would read one or two chapters, get bored with it, leave it alone for one or two months, and then grudgingly resume reading it later on.
I get the distinct impression that during the 15 years between his '7 Habits' book and this '8th Habit' book, Covey read, considered, and included much more Eastern philosophy into his worldview. There are some good concepts in this book, albeit they are also not original ideas. Finding one's inner voice and passion, and the importance of trust, character, and discipline are well-trodden ground, covered from many different angles by motivational/business/self-help books over the previous 40+ years. Even if you like this repackaging of well-known concepts, you still have to chew through a lot of verbal gristle in this book in order to get to the essential meat of each concept that Covey is trying to convey. This book could have been a far better read if its concepts were distilled down into one third less pages (or even one half less pages in some chapters) because the wording in most chapters is not focused well and the book is in serious need of heavy amounts of editing and rewording.