The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

Version: Abridged (Unabridged version available here)
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Narrator: Stephen R. Covey
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Development
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: November 2004
Length: 1 hour, 14 minutes
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Overview

In the more than fifteen years since its publication, the classic "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" has become an international phenomenon with over fifteen million copies sold. Tens of millions of people in business, government, schools, and families, and, most important, as individuals have dramatically improved their lives and organizations by applying the principles of Stephen R. Covey's classic book.

The world, though, is a vastly changing 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 organizations is not 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 organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice." Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new audiobook of next-level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the Knowledge Worker Age. Covey's new audiobook will transform the way we think about ourselves and our purpose in life, about 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.

Reviews (25)

Written by Adrien Bird on March 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I began listening to this book in a state of aimless wandering, lacking purpose and passion in life and work. The teachings and insights have been nothing short of inspiring for the mind, body and spirit. Truly glad I decided to listen.

A dry, dull listen

Written by Anonymous on April 20th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I thought that Covey's book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was superb and a great listen. Unfortunately, to me this new book The 8th Habit doesn't come close. Covey's style of reading makes the particular book hard to listen to as drones on with his monotone voice to the point of boredom. In addition, the content of the book didn't offer me anything that I didn't already know. I was disappointed in this book, but still thank Covey for the first one in which the 7 habits are covered.

8th Habbit

Written by LJ on July 24th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Having heard such glowing reviews of Steve Covey and the 7 habits, it was with great expectation that I started to listen to the 8th habit audio. I was very dissapointed. There was a sense of artificialness about it - with little sense of focus. Would not recommend this one.

8th Habit

Written by Lilly on March 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Always great!! Love this! Everyone needs to read these "habit" books - you always take something home with you...

8th Habit

Written by Regan Waller on May 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed hearing this book, but thought that in order to be truly meaningful it needs to be read as a book in lieu of listened to as an audio book. It is impossible to really stop wherever you are and slide in a video. I generally listen to books while driving, so I could not reasonably stop the book and watch the video. I did enjoy it enough to be seriously considering buying the book so that I could read it as the author originally intended.

The 8th Habit

Written by Lamarr S. Jones from Payson,, UT on January 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This has been the best audiobook so far. The dvd that goes with it really hits home. In fact I would like to buy this program....I'm not going to send this back. I can see real value here. This needs to be used every 4 months to remember all this.

Lengthy

Written by Anonymous on November 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was a little more lengthly than I would have liked. The couple of disks were a waste of time and almost caused me to stop listening. The additional videos were unnecessary. I listen while commuting and was not about to stop listening so that I could watch a video. Although containing good concepts the book seemed to be a rambling of various learned discoveries by the author. I would have like a more succinctly organized presentation.

The 8th Habit From Effectiveness to Greatness

Written by Bob McGill from Haskell, NJ on September 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

What a differt world we would live in if all these principles were lived by and all of us "found our voice" and helped others to do the same. I found this and the "7 Habits" book to be very enlightening into human behavior and was at the same time very challenged by both of them. I will never look at conflict and challenges in my personal or business life the same again. Having a "win-win" philosophy is so much better than win-lose or lose-win that are so traditional in corporate America. I found the both books lengthy but they still held my interest all the way through

The 8th Habit

Written by Jennifer Pointer on August 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I truly enjoyed this book both on tape and in print. We are reading it in our Supervisor team at work and I requested in on tape in order to make it easier to complete the "reading". Stephen Covey has some great ideas to help both yourself and others "find their voice". I recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their worth in addition to those who are in a formal leadership position over others.

Better in Print

Written by Bianca Constance on May 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Although I was hoping that I would get something out of being able to listen to this marvelous book while commuting to and from work, I found that this type of book is better for me when I read it. I'm looking forward to picking up a copy to read soon.

Author Details

Author Details

Covey, Stephen R.

In 1996, Stephen R. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top 25 power brokers. Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, with sales exceeding one million, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Dr. Covey's newest book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, which was released in November 2004, has risen to the top of several bestseller lists, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today Money, Business Week, and Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. The 8th Habit has sold more than 360,000 copies.

* In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.
* A survey by Chief Executive Magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century.
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook on tape is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, selling more than 1.5 million copies.
* Over two million copies of First Things First have been sold. Simon & Schuster expressed the opinion, "...First Things First is the best-selling time management book ever."
* Dr. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families was released in October 1997 and ranked fourth on the New York Times list within three months of its release date. It is the No. 1 best-selling hardcover book on family.

Dr. Covey is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey's vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world. Dr. Covey's organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger of Covey Leadership Center with Franklin Quest created FranklinCovey. Dr. Covey's vision of empowering organizations to implement "principle-centered" leadership in their cultures continues to be an important focus of FranklinCovey.