- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (November 29, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780743287937
- ISBN-13: 978-0743287937
- ASIN: 0743287932
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 307 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stephen Covey continues to wow us with his new The 8th Habit. As the world's most respected leadership expert, he builds on the foundation of his bestselling 7 Habits and gives a pattern for life that is passionate, makes a difference and leaves a legacy of greatness."
-- Larry King
"The 8th Habit is a marvelous read, a triumph of the spirit and, in my view, Covey's most important work."
-- Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader
"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."
-- Horst Schulze, former President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
"The 8th Habit will clearly stand as the crowning achievement of Covey's lifetime of service."
-- Tom Peters, author of Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age
"Getting results in large companies is a very rare skill and this book captures how to do it."
-- Kevin Rollins, President and CEO, Dell, Inc.
About the Author
Recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than twenty-five million copies in thirty-eight languages, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, a leading global training firm.
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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.