The 8th Habit consists of a two-part solution; “find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.” Finding your voice means to engage in the work that genuinely taps your talents and fuels your passion and discovers your most intimate capabilities. Your voice then becomes a metaphor representing the essence of the human being and, accordingly, you move from effectiveness to greatness. Because effectiveness belongs to employees and subordinates, while greatness belongs to leaders and managers, leading organizations requires more than effectiveness. It requires that real greatness enables a person to lead others, not just lead him/herself or processes.
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 voice, one's "unique personal significance." - Publishers weekly
"As Covey expresses it,'When you engage in work that taps your talent and fuels your passion—that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet—therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul's code.'"- American Bar Association
"Covey says, effectiveness is no longer enough. In the 21st century that's merely the price of entry to the playing field of well-compensated work. More often, workers want to add value to the world, to add fulfillment, passionate execution and significant contributions to their workplace and to the world at large." - Book Page
" Mr. Covey wants us to know: "The eighth habit is not about adding one more habit to the seven -- one that somehow got forgotten. It's about seeing and harnessing the power of a third dimension to the seven habits that meets the central challenge of the new Knowledge Worker Age. The eighth habit is to find your voice and inspire others to find theirs." - The New York Times
"So many people feel frustrated, discouraged, unappreciated, and undervalued -- with little or no sense of voice or unique contribution. The 8th Habit is the answer to the soul's yearning for greatness, the organization's imperative for significance and superior results, and humanity's search for its "voice." Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking new book of next-level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the Knowledge Worker Age." - Leadership NOW
The idea that the path from good to great in the social sectors is to become “more like a business” is dead wrong. Great companies make a prosperous society, but not a great society for economic growth and power are the means, not the end, of a great nation. Few businesses
It's the stage where we engage with the real world, where we figure out how to use our strengths to make a tangible contribution, where we deal with people who don't agree on what our strengths are, or who don't care, or who do care, but want us to focus them
Guided by the belief that good is the opposite of bad, mankind has for centuries pursued its fixation with fault and failing. Doctors have studied disease in order to learn about health. Psychologists have investigated sadness in order to learn about joy. Therapists have looked into the causes of divorce in
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The power to discover our voice lies in the potential that was bequeathed us at birth. The seeds of greatness were planted inside us. We were given magnificent “birth-gifts”, talents, capacities and intelligences that would remain largely unopened except through our own decisions, as no other hand can open them except ours.
Victor Hugo once wrote: “There’s nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” Such an idea becomes a powerful serpent that swallows whatever that blocks its way.
The circle of self-integrity is a journey inside the inner-space of one’s self. It helps us deploy the four dimensions of self-leadership.
Perfect for individuals and corporations alike, The Leader in Me shows how easy it is to incorporate these skills into daily life. It is a timely answer to many of the challenges facing today’s young people, businesses, parents, and educators—one that is perfectly matched to the growing demands of our certain future.
If I see only the mental map of 1st Alternative—my own map—then the only way out is to persuade you to shift your paradigm or even force you to accept my alternative: I must win and you must lose. If, on the other hand, I throw away my map and follow