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Stephen R. Covey
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3 Jan 2006
That the world has changed and is continuing to change at a rapid pace is not news. People are much more aware of everything around them. The consumer revolution has accelerated dramatically. But something vital is missing in all of this change. Leadership has not kept up with the changes going on in the world. From boardrooms to classrooms, leadership is being challenged on a daily basis yet now a new leadership model has been given. Dr Covey introduces the four roles of the new leader - modelling, pathfinding, aligning and empowering - and how those qualities can change you and your organisation. He discusses how trust can be lost throughout organisations and how it is imperative that any organisation bring trust back to the company if it is to survive. Covey also shows how to go from what he calls a 'want to' person to a 'can do' person and how doing so can completely transform people and organisations. Through his ideas, one will discover how to: Use the four vital roles to establish trust and make growth a given; build and sustain an atmosphere of respect and openness; keep and inspire your most talented workers; apply creative co-operation to reach new levels of performance; develop leadership at every level of your organisation; take advantage of strengths and compensate for weakness; reduce cynicism and improve morale.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; New edition edition (3 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743206835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743206839
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author, Dr. Stephen R. Covey dedicates his life to teaching principle-centred living and leadership to individuals, families, and organizations. Dr. Covey has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and has also been recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans

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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.

About the Author

Stephen R. Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and founder of the Covey Leadership Center. He has made teaching Principle-Centred Living and Principle-Centred Leadership his life's work. He is the author of several acclaimed and bestselling books.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Inspiring Summary of the Book 11 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Stephen Covey's book "The 8th Habit" contains a lot of very good ideas but is rather padded. This audio CD provides a very useful summary of the key points in the book. Although it is still a bit preachy at times, it does avoid most of the homely self-indulgent anecdotes of the book. The audio CD though, has one major weakness in my view - it doesn't spend enough time on what I feel is the most important feature of the book - the 4 Roles of Leadership. Barely 10 minutes of the CD covers this vital development plan for 21st century leaders(and that coverage is fairly poor). So read the book, reinforce the key points with the CD, and skim the book again focussing on the leadership aspects. That should help you get to grips with the material.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rehash and mish-mash 21 Mar 2005
By OwenC
This is basically a rehash of previous material with a few bits and pieces thrown in from other authors like Jim Collins et al.
Stephen Covey has had one great idea, the 7 Habits, which he has capitalised on for some time this book adds a bit of substance to that idea but it is poorly written, repetitious and makes some sweeping statements with little evidence to back them up. Covey is fond of saying things like, "the research shows..." but he rarely ever lets you know which research. Stephen Covey has continually advocated principle centred leadership, however his material is vague on how, specifically, one should put this into practice the eight habit adds little by way of clarification.
My recommendation is that if you want a good book on leadership try The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner, Good To Great by Jim Collins or Situational Leadership by Ken Blanchard.
One can't help but wonder if Stephen Covey lived for another twenty years would we see a ninth and a tenth habit. Just when I thought I was doing well with seven he comes along and introduces and eighth, bummer, its like learning to drive all over again - help someone, I need a programme to help me kick these crazy habits.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 9th Habit - Be Concise and Get to the Point 14 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been through the 7 Habits and First Things First, now I'm on the 8th Habit. Boy—is this dull! This is mostly a re-hash of the 7 Habits with more of a focus towards teams, leadership and businesses. As someone who works mostly on my own and not in a team, this book did not seem overly relevant to those in a similar position.
There are a few new ideas in here but not many. The short films are a nice touch which helps to break things up a little. I listened to this while out walking so couldn't just stop and watch them when instructed.
Ironically for a book about “finding your voice,” I found Mr Covey's voice extremely dull, lifeless and uninspiring—not a patch on Tony Robbins’ level of excitement—I often felt myself wandering off into a daydream while listening and then having to rewind to see if I had missed any astounding revelation (which for the most part, I had not).
A manual for greatness, this is not—a cure for insomnia, quite possibly.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The 7 Habits was magnificent. The Power of the 7 Habits was somewhat of a 'cashing in' from a public hungry for more. At first listen I thought the 8th Habit was more of the same.
Certainly Covey uses more sales pitch, repeatedly reassuring people that others have found this stuff useful. The 7 Habits stood on it's own two feet and this initially appeared to flounder. After the second and third listen however I started to be able to get into the material. The message of this book is more complicated and therefore the sort of catchy sound bites of the 7 Habits were harder to generate. A number of the concepts are articulated with such clarity and economical use of words so as to be very impressive in context.
The tone of this is more overtly evangelical than the earlier work. The final sentence has an undisguised religious message which IMHO weakens the non affiliated altruistic humanism that runs through his earlier work.
The message of the 8th Habit deepens (to use a 'Covey' word) the understanding of the 7 Habits concepts but almost by necessity the 8th Habit cannot propel your thinking forward in the way his previous work did.
Most people who might be considering getting this audiobook will be 'knowledge workers' and some will be at a crossroads trying to make sense of their place within their workplace. For those I couldn't recommend this highly enough. As someone who works as an executive coach this offered me insights and new paradigms that I hadn't previously understood as well as I do now.
Impressive as it is though, the brilliance of the 7 Habits makes this excellent audiobook seem ordinary in comparison. Get the 7 Habits first. Get to know it and after several listens get the 8th Habit.
Finally, unless you walk the walk suggested this stuff is just fancy talk.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Whats new?! 17 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love this guy and am a huge fan of his earlier works, but I can't help feeling he's just running out of steam, and is repeating himself now.
Its like listeneing to "that difficult second album" of your favourite band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work on Leadership 11 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is 15 years since Covey produced the 7 Habits, now he builds on that work with this learned and readable book. His focus now is leadership and for me, the main lessons of the book are the 4 roles of leadership - pathfinding (vision), modelling, aligning and empowering. There is a lot more in this book too and it makes fascinating reading. There are problems with the book - Covey covers so much ground that sometimes it feels like it lacks focus; also it is a little preachy at times (with a few too many stories about loyal wives staying at home to support their husbands). Overall though, this is a fine book and well worth reading for anyone interested in leadership.
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Published 1 month ago by leroy king
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think!
A must for anyone doing change management
Published 2 months ago by Mark Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
As with all of Stephen R Covey books I found this one better than the CD's I had bought. Inspirational, uplifting and helpful. I loved it
Published 5 months ago by donna blackband
5.0 out of 5 stars The difference between formal and moral authorithy stays in my hearth
I choose this rating as the audio book absolutely touched my hearth. I guess this book should be obligatory for all people with human relations.
Thank you for the inspiration.
Published 6 months ago by Nadja Susanne Lund
5.0 out of 5 stars great follow on the the seven habits of highly effective people.
Steven Covey's books are informative, challenging and creative. Whether you agree with all he says or not I feel everyone who reads it will find something to make them think in a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental book for a Balanced whole life.
A must read for anyone, who really want to take his/her game to another level.

Of course you should really implement it. And re-read it several times. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Főző Dávid
1.0 out of 5 stars content poor
In brief: lots of academically good sounding words and no real underlying content.

doubtful about effectiveness of author's writing skills - as whatever he wishes to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by a
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of ideas
Lots to consider, a book to help for many years to come, very well produce with good clear and precise diagrams
Published 19 months ago by Leslie Westwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
Excellent follow up to the 7 habits of highly effective people changed my previous way of thinking.

Well worth reading
Published 21 months ago by Mr P. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars happy
All well arrived in two days of order. Seems to be a combination of 7 Habits plus one so will work well for me
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by Ruth
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