Sunday, February 14, 2016

book: The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey

The 8th Habit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness is a book written by Stephen R. Covey, published in 2004.[1] It is an upgrade of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989. As such, it clarifies and reinforces Covey's earlier declaration that "Interdependence is a higher value than independence."

The eighth habit is "Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs."
Voice is Covey's code for "unique personal significance."
Those who inspire others to find theirs are the leaders needed now and for the future, according to Covey."

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"‘VOICE’ is about unique, personal significance! Covey says, “VOICE lies at the nexus of 

  • Talent (your natural gifts and strengths,
     'what you are good at') plus 
  • Passion (those things that naturally energize, excite, motivate and inspire you,
     'what you like doing'), 
  • Need (including 'what the world needs' enough to pay you for) and 
  • Conscious (small voice within that assures you of 'what is right' and prompts you to actually do it).”


There are 4 dimensions to human nature: capabilities, needs, intelligence
  • body (need)
  • mind (talent)
  • hart (passion)
  • spirit (conscience)
People can discover their voice because of the three gifts everyone is born with:
  1. The freedom to choose
  2. The natural laws or principles – those that dictate the consequences of behavior. Positive consequences come from fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service and contribution
  3. The four intelligences – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
The book talks of "5 Cancerous Behaviors" that inhibit people's greatness:
Stephen Covey explaining the charactor ethic and the personality ethic - YouTube

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