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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

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The world has changed dramatically since the classic, internationally bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was published, influencing tens of millions. The challenges and complexity we all face in our relationships, families, professional lives and communities are of an entirely new order of magnitude. In order to thrive, innovate, excel and lead in what Cov...more
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Published November 9th 2004 by Free Press (first published 2004)
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خولة حمدي
قرأت هذا الكتاب منذ خمس سنوات بمناسبة درس الانجليزية في الجامعة، حيث طلبت منا الأستاذة قراءة كتابين بالانجليزية في أي مجال نختاره ثم تقديم عرض موثق عن الموضوع. في تلك الفترة كنت مولعة بالتنمية البشرية، و كان كتاب "العادات السبع للأشخاص الأكثر فاعلية" أول كتاب أقرؤه في هذا المجال لذلك كان من دواعي سروري أن أتممه بكتاب العادة الثامنة الذي قمت بطلبه بهذه المناسبة ليطير إلي من الولايات المتحدة مرفقا بقرص دي في دي

أسلوب ستيفن كوفي مميز و الحكايات الواقعية التي يرفق بها دروسه مؤثرة و ممتعة. أما الأشرطة...more
Scott Dinsmore
Why I Read this Book: There are few things more important to success than having a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. This book provided me with the fundamentals necessary for putting that vision together and helping others to do the same.


Stephen Covey came right over the top with this one. It’s funny to write one book about 7 habits and haveit be around 250 pages and then write another book about the 8th habit alone and have it be over 400. The truth is that every one of those...more
Abo Salman
يتحدث فيه عن العادة الثامنة التى يحتاج اليها لاكمال عادات النجاح السبع وهى كن مبادرا - ابدأ والغاية فى ذهنك - ابدأ بالاهم ثم المهم - فكر بالمنفعة للجميع - اسع الى فهم الاخرين اولا ثم اسع الى ان يفهموك - تكاتف مع الاخرين - اشحذ المنشار - وتاتى العادة الثامنة وهى اكتشف صوتك والهم الاخرين باكتشاف اصواتهم - ويتم اكتشاف الصوت الداخلى للانسان باكتشاف واستغلال الهدايا التى منحها الله للانسان وهى : حرية الاختيار بين المثير والاستجابة - والقوانين والمبادىء الكونية الابدية البديهية - والذكاءات الاربع العا...more
Ameera H.  Al-mousa
ضحل في تطوير الذات الفعاله ورفع مستوى إداها في أدارة المشاريع , والتمكن من القيادة وإدارة الفشل والتعاطي مع الإحباط ومقاومته , وتنمية قدرة التكيف لدى الذات الفعالة في المجتمعات الغير مهيئة للنجاح , ستفن كوفي يؤمن بفكرة إنعكاس الجانب المعنوي على المادي , لذا يتطرق لعناصر تعزيز المعنى والقيم لعمل موازنة مع المبادئ فالبحث عن الذات وسماع الصوت الداخلي والتحفيز الذاتي يفضي بالفرد للنجاح على كافة القطاعات وبالتالي تصبح أداة ووسيلة إلهام الآخرين على معرفة فنونهم وابداعاتهم الداخليه , وأختزل ذلك كله بمس...more
بي عيبٌ يروقني ولم أكن أنوي تعديله..لا أقرأ الكتب المترجمة إلا الروايات..او السيّر الذاتية ..

و أكره بالخصوص كتب تطوير الذات ..

قراءة هذا الكتاب كان أمرًا قدريًا تعليميًا من رب العباد..اقترح عليّ من قبل أناس اثق بهم جدًا .. و ماشجعني على الأخذ باقتراحهم هو انهم حددوا لي جزئية معينة قالوا انها شاملة لأهم افكار الكتاب..فأخذت بمشورتهم ..سعيدة لأني فعلت..

الكتاب غيّر الكثير وكان القشة التي قسمت ظهر البعير..كان بمثابة إطلاق لصوتي الداخلي..و هو كذلك..رسالة الكتاب كلها ترتكز على هذا الأساس..هناك صوت بداخل...more
This is yet another great book by Stephen R. Covey.

Here's a synopsis: The new Information/Knowledge Worker Age, exemplified by the Internet, calls for an eighth habit to achieve personal and organizational excellence: "Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs." Covey sees leadership "as a choice to deal with people in a way that will communicate to them their worth and potential so clearly they will come to see it in themselves." His holistic approach starts with developing one's own v...more
كوفي لا يكتب للسيدة التي تصنع كراسي الخيزران في شوارع بنغلادش, كوفي يكتب لذلك الذي يملك وهجاً يتوق للانبثاق, لأولئك الذين سيخلفون الأرض لأنهم يملكون الرغبة والعزيمة والقدرة على ايجاد وهجهم واضاءة الطريق لغيرهم!

كوفي لا يعطيك عشر خطوات تطبقها في عشر أيام لتجد نفسك, هو يعطيك الخيار لتصمم عقلك وحدك, ويعطيك تلميحات عن آخرين استطاعوا فعل ذلك بدون كتاب كوفي. انت أوفر حظاً منهم لأنه بين يديك اخبار من سبقوك, ومن فقه أخبار من سبقه أضاف حياةً إلى حياته!

كوفي لا يخترع علماً جديداً, هو يخبرنا بأمورٍ نعلمها, ل...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Apr 24, 2007 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to mak...more
Melissa Baggett
At last I've finished! Below is my last installment.

I'm reading this and "teaching" it: that is, talking and writing about what I'm learning, as I go along, as part of the 8th Habit challenge to solidify the ideas in my head. Condensed, the 8th Habit is "Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs." The book is broken down into "Discover Your Voice" and "Inspire Others to Find Theirs." Here is the twelfth installment of my summary: Chapter 15.

Chapter 15: Using Our Voices Wisely to Serve Ot...more
Krys Gut
I read this book before reading The 7 Habits, so perhaps my review is less credible.

However, I’ve read enough self-improvement books to know that these authors will typically follow the same formula and just juggle the various themes around.

So what is the 8th habit? Find your voice and inspire others to do the same. Also the 8th is apparently the apex where all the other 7 habits culminate, convenient, huh? Wouldn’t it be funny if the 8th turned out to be one he simply forgot in the previous b...more
This is a FANTASTIC book! I have been reading a LOT about leadership lately and I think this sums up the most important points I've read or heard about leadership in the last several months. This is a very comprehensive review of many important principles all as a part of the 8th Habit--finding your voice and inspiring others find theirs. I love the positive and all-inclusive approach to the topic.

It's important to know your talents and gifts and then express them with vision, discipline, passio...more
One of the best books I have ever read. Stephen Covey is an excellent teacher and author. He teaches principles that if you can implement into your personal and work life, will truly make a difference to you and those you come in contact with. I checked this out of the library, but I want to buy a copy for my own collection. I would like to have it to review from time to time. I think it will truly make a difference in my life. The 8th Habit is to find your "voice" and help others to find their...more
To live, to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy... I have learnt from Stephen Covey that these are not just unique to me, but universal human needs. Finding my voice, as he says, has always been my never-ending mission, wherever I have been: school, work (employment), and now my client organisations. I find the book supportive of my mission: developing the internal power and moral authority to break out of organisational challenges, and becoming a significant force in surmounting them, for the...more
I listened to this book on CD, as I do most "self-help: books. I like to skim these for information and ideas rather than word for word and listening lends to this reading style. I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this book, thought they were well written and insightful. My appreciation for well-known principles spoken in new ways was satisfied. However, from here on out, the book really started to dry up for me, and I don't know that I would recommend it to anyone. Well, I might recomme...more
Stephen pegou carona no título de seu sucesso anterior, "Os 7 Hábitos das Pessoas Altamente Eficazes", embora o livro seja na verdade sobre liderança. Considerei isso um golpe contra o leitor desavisado que pensa se tratar de algum complemento. Somente na contracapa achamos algo que pode nos levar a entender que é um livro basicamente para o mundo empresarial. Ao contrário do primeiro livro (apesar do autor ser ex-mórmom), este é recheado de alusões religiosas e afirmações inverídicas sobre a re...more
Like the previous book, 7 habits, this is a book I'd like to have on my own bookshelf at home as there are lots and lots of things to implement into the way I live my life and how I work. This book is a followup as the original 7 habits were written back in 1989, and while still applicable there are new ways to really apply them. The main theme of the book is to find your own voice and be your own person. You must know what you believe and then learn to apply everything together. Overall a very...more
Another great work by Stephen Covey. As always great advice for leaders and followers of many disciplines. The 8th Habit is a very good sequel to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders. Find your voice and help other find theirs - is the essence of his message. At face value that may mean nothing. After you've read his book, the essence will be ingrained in your memory. Stephen's tautology is a bit unorthodox, but it sticks with you and rings true. His catchy phrases used to coin leader and co...more
Elizabeth Olson
Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" remains a class manual for focusing and improving the quality of one's own life. Here, he adds the 8th habit; in his words, 'Finding your voice and helping others find theirs". In other words, leadership and inspiration. Covey suggests taking an entire year to work through the principles and specific suggestions here. It's so jam packed with great ideas and insights I'd love to spend that year on the book, and work with others in exploring and enacti...more
Robert Chapman
This is the best book on leadership I have read to date. Some books focus on a single narrow aspect of leadership, this book takes a very holistic approach to the topic. The book also does a decent job of covering the predecessor book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, so this is a bonus if you have not read that book.

The constant comparison and analysis of the leadership styles used in the Industrial Age vs. those required in the Knowledge Worker Age was excellent.
I really enjoyed 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and picked up "The 8th Habit" as a result. There are a lot of new concepts he introduces, primarily concepts surrounding leadership. At first I felt the book was repetitive, as there were many concepts and illustrative anecdotes which were taken directly from "7 Habits". However, towards the last 25% of the book, I really felt things came together and that is where I learned the most.
This is a great book as a follow-up to the 7 Habits book. In fact, it's good even without that, as it presents a holistic view of people, their needs, and how to acheive greatness. It also addresses how many people really are just existing rather than living life to the max. I want to buy my own copy so I can go through it slowly over a year and put into practice all the suggestions I see I need. Highly recommended!
This was such an excellent book - I think I actually liked it better than "7 Habits." The principles were amazing. It is written as a business book, but it can easily be applied to anybody, anywhere. The more you read out of it, the better it gets. I think everyone should read it, even those who haven't read "7 Habits" first (although that book was great too).
Aljazi Al-Maghlouth

ستيڤن كوفي كاتب عظيم !!
كتاب غير سهل من الكتب التي تغير الحياة .. شامل في التطوير للأفراد والشركات وركز على امور مهمة. أسمتمتعت بقراءته حتى انه لا يذكر أي نقطة الا بقصه واقعيه وهذا امر في غاية التحفيز .
This is such a work of excellence. Thoughts properly arranged into concepts...and not just fanciful concepts but functional and full of meaning. The emphasis of Dr. Covey and his helpers on this work on the preeminence of the spirit is noteworthy as he continually subject imperatives to the transcendent supervision of the human conscience. I believe this work will remain evergreen as bookshelves continue to swell with more and more titles. If people, families, groups and organizations actually r...more
Rosie Nguyen
A must - read for those who like Seven habit series. The author proves to have an extensive and profound knowledge on philosophy and psychology, and that makes the difference. Unlike other self - help books, The 8th Habit provides a comprehensive development paradigm for individuals and organisations. Of course his idea is not new: finding the sweet conjunction spot of one's talents, one's passion and market's demand. But the way he deploys is impressive and easy to capture. Highly recommended.

Farhan Khalid

○ Principles are universal — that is, they transcend culture and geography. They're also timeless, they never change — principles such as fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service, contribution. Different cultures may translate these principles into different practices and over time may even totally obscure these principles through the wrongful use of freedom. Nevertheless, they are present. Like the law of gravity, they operate constantly.

○ Values are social norms — they're perso...more
Covey did it again .... waaw ! such a wholesome book with miscellaneous ideologies and life changing ideas !

*أن نكون فعالين كأشخاص و مؤسسات لم يعد خياراً اليوم ، إنه ثمن النزول إلى ساحة الملعب. حيث أنَّ البقاء و التطور و الإبتكار و القيادة في هذا الواقع الجديد تتطلب منا الوصول إلى ما هو أكثر من الفعالية .
Of course it’s all ‘bout determination and how you envision yourself doing in the future! But sometimes this won’t cut it! it’s just not enough … like you have to transcend the ordinary levels o...more
Aug 01, 2011 Jim marked it as to-read
Stephen Covey follows "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" with "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness." The book comes w/ a DVD containing 16 short films that are cited throughout the book. There is a question & answer section at the end of each chapter.

The 8th Habit is finding your voice so you can inspire other people to find their voice. He uses a whole person paradigm of body/mind/heart/spirit. People have 4 corresponding needs: To Live (Body), To Learn (Mind), To Love (He...more
Scott Lee
I again found Dr. Covey tremendously insightful and inspiring. I love The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (I've read it, studied graduate style, at least four times, possibly five I'm not certain), and this book joins and expands on that one.

I was especially intrigued by the early sections of the book dealing with personal application, that is recognizing that leadership is a choice, not a position, and implementing the resultant principles on a personal level. I've found it fascinating. Li...more
Hlyan Htet Oo
A really great and unique self-help book. I very love it! I received this book from my uncle, as a gift, two years ago. It's pretty thick and I'm not usually attracted to self-help books. I often think that self-help-book-industry is a business, to make the writers millionaires rather than to help readers successful. Of course, there are exceptions, and this book is one of them.
The 8th Habit stayed on the top of my bookshelf, collecting dust, for a long time. Last month, I picked it up, cleared...more
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Stephen Richards Covey was the author of the best-selling book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Other books he wrote include "First Things First", "Principle-Centered Leadership", and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families". In 2004, Covey released "The 8th Habit". In 2008, Covey released "The Leader In Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One...more
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