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inTRoDUCTion It was James Har ey Robinson who said, Each o us is great inso ar as we percei e and act on the in nite possibilities which lie undisco ered and unrecognized about us. Te 8th Habit by mega bestselling author Stephen R. Co ey is all about accessing the greatness resident within oursel es and calling orth the greatness resident in those we lead. Tis is important not just to be a good steward o your God-gi en capabilities, it is also important because it is a key sur i al skill in today s emerging Knowledge Worker Age. So as you read this summary, I hope that you ll particularly note that: It s important to open your gi s. From birth you ha e been in ested by God with the seeds o greatness, and you ha e the incredible pri ilege to de elop those seeds and express your talent. I you eel like your job only uses a raction o your potential ollow the techniques in this book to proacti ely show those around you exactly what you can do. You ll be glad you did and so will your company. Spiritual intelligence (SQ) is important. Our society tests or men- tal intelligence (IQ), and a series o best-selling books ha e captured our imagination with the concept o emotional intelligence (EQ), but you ll really begin to experience power or li ing when you concen- trate on and de elop your spiritual intelligence. Te best way I know o to do this is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Zig Ziglar and I ha e put together a CD where we talk about exactly what that is, and how to begin. I you d like one, just mail me at the address on this summary. I ll send it to you ree and postage paid. Leaders need to ha e not only a ision or themsel es and their organi- zation, they also must ha e a ision or those they lead. Ne er orget that leadership is, as Stephen Co ey notes, communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it themsel es.
For years,Te7Habitso Hig hlyEfec tivePeople has become an indispensable resource or indi iduals and executi es who seek to impro e their li es and their careers. According to author Stephen Co ey, e ecti eness is the tool or sur i al in today s ast-paced en ironment. How- e er, in order to truly become excellent and succeed in the new Knowledge Worker Age, you must build on and mo e beyond e ecti eness and into greatness. You must nd your own oice and inspire others to nd their own oices as well. Finding your oice requires a shi in thinking. o succeed in your journey towards greatness, you need a new mind- set, a new skill-set and a new habit. Stephen Co ey sTe 8th Habit will guide you as you take the necessary change into greatness.
About the author Stephen R. Covey 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
In this culture. The Problem New de elopments in technology and globaliza. Covey is cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey.tion ha e ushered in changes in the way people think and operate. the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. As a result.dency and compliancy. Employ.more.trolling mindset o the industrial age. and conscience Express your oice through ision. Dr.paid and underappreciated employees end up a ecting the producti ity and e ecti eness o an organization ad ersely. O erworked. under.Habits of Highly Effective People. a worker loses his oice because he belie es that his iews are not signi cant enough. Tis paradigm leads to a culture o co-depen. employees eel that they are not growing within the company. Tese reasons include stress. and a host o other things.ees are treated as objects that can be controlled.pline. Lower-le el sta members are also not gi en the opportunity to act on a problem or to come up with solutions on their own. The pain the problem and the solution The pain People become dissatis ed with their jobs or arious reasons. eelings o rustration. disci. pressure. some companies do not utilize their employees talents and intelligence to the ull extreme. ci ilization is now mo ing towards a new age the age o in ormation or the Knowledge Worker Age. As the new millennium un olds. passion . employees are le in the dark without a clear ision o where the company is headed. More and more companies are expecting their employees to produce more or less. Managers still insist on operating under the con. terrible bosses. Further. Tis is where the problem begins. The solution Find your voice Recognize and de elop your true nature. Te 20th century was known as the Industrial age. E en worse.
Cynicism aside. being highly effective is the price of entry to the playing field. He is the author of several other books and a teacher of "Principle-Centered Living" and "Principle-Centered Leadership.this 8th Habit . and lead in this new reality. that the majority of people are not thriving. Covey's new book. heart and soul . however. sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.mind.is worth every page. and founder and former CEO of the Covey Leadership Center. Covey is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co. To thrive. Covey eschews mediocrity. Tapping into the higher reaches of human motivation requires a new mindset. a new skill-set --a new habit. The 8th Habit®: From Effectiveness to Greatness.. unwritten contract between employer and worker. and greatness.2 The 8th Habit From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. because they are treated as objects. He bases this fresh paradigm on respect for the complete person . His book. and tells it straight. innovate. contribution." HE 8TH HABIT®: FROM EFFECTIVENESS TO GREATNESS In today's challenging and complex world.comrecommends this highly for anyone in the workplace. About the author Stephen R. he says.not just the part that works from nine to five. non-threatening "how to lead" books and they would all be bestsellers. however. Give Covey credit. is a roadmap to help you . Covey adds his prestige to the notion that the knowledge worker is a new model for change in the unspoken. body. this book . Dr. getAbstract. we must reach beyond effectiveness toward fulfillment. He is committed to helping others find their unique voices as well. not full human beings. excel. but 409 pages and an accompanying CD to expound on the eighth. 2004 Category: Leadership & Management In this summary you will learn y y y y y 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 Why you should read The 8th Habit A cynic toward sequels would note that Steven Covey took only a little more than 300 pages to explain his first seven habits. Covey¶s voice is powerful and unique. Covey Free Press. Research is showing. Most employees experience considerable emotional pain working in their organizations. however. He could rest on his laurels and just write bland. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. They are neither fulfilled nor excited.
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