Summary of The 8th Habit

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The 7 Habits generate the 8th Habit: Find your voice; help others find theirs. Bring mind, body, heart and soul to work.

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A cynic toward sequels would note that Steven Covey took only a little more than 300 pages to explain his first seven habits, but 409 pages and an accompanying CD to expound on the eighth. Cynicism aside, however, this book - this 8th Habit - is worth every page. Give Covey credit. He could rest on his laurels and just write bland, non-threatening "how to lead" books and they would all be bestsellers. Covey eschews mediocrity, however, and tells it straight. Most employees experience considerable emotional pain working in their organizations, he says, because they are treated as objects, not full human beings. Covey adds his prestige to the notion that the knowledge worker is a new model for change in the unspoken, unwritten contract between employer and worker. He bases this fresh paradigm on respect for the complete person - mind, body, heart and soul - not just the part that works from nine to five. Covey’s voice is powerful and unique. He is committed to helping others find their unique voices as well. getAbstract recommends this highly for anyone in the workplace.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to transform your life and your company by using the 8th Habit
  • How it incorporates and expands upon the 7 Habits
  • How the Knowledge Worker Era is replacing the Industrial Age
  • How to develop your unique human voice and help others find theirs
  • How to make empowerment work
 

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Modern Bloodletting
The problem with management is that it still works under the flawed Industrial Age paradigm.

Consider that physicians in the Middle Age practiced bloodletting. As barbaric as that may seem today, using leeches to draw blood from a sick person simply followed...
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About the Author

Stephen R. Covey is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co., and founder and former CEO of the Covey Leadership Center. His book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. He is the author of several other books and a teacher of "Principle-Centered Living" and "Principle-Centered Leadership."


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    Koen Van Der Borght 2 years ago
    All dr. Covey's books are eye-opening and mindblowing according to me.
    I'd start with the 7 habits before moving to this one...
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    Eric Jack 2 years ago
    Excellent summary with a very powerful message (purposeful leadership).

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