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.
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.
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.
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。
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.