The 8th Habit Book Review Essay

646 Words Apr 10th, 2011 3 Pages
The 8th Habit By Stephen R. Covey

Dr. Maha Hafez

Book Review
By Khaled Abdelfattah
Group 31D

The 8th Habit…is about seeing and harnessing the power of a third dimension to the 7 Habits that meets the central challenge of the new Knowledge Worker Age. This 8th Habit is to find your voice and help others find theirs.”
Modern Bloodletting
Under the old approach, employees experience a great deal of pain and frustration at every company, no matter how successful. Fortunately, today the workplace paradigm is shifting, as expressed by the 8th Habit.
The 8th Habit is not just 7 Habits plus one that got left behind. Instead, it calls for using a “third dimension” of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The 8th
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Spirit = Conscience
Leadership Defined
Ultimately, leadership is the ability to help people understand their own true worth and potential, so they see it in themselves and live accordingly. The Industrial Age view of work failed to nurture trust, placed the boss at the center of all activity, took power away from people and misaligned the interests of the individual and the organization. The alternative path is practicing the 8th Habit, and the 7 Habits that preceded it. Begin with developing the four intelligences, finding your voice and expressing it.
Learning to Empower
The solution is to give others “directed autonomy.” Work with them to establish their objectives and then give them the autonomy to achieve those goals. A win-win agreement is neither a legal contract nor a job description. It is a psychological and social contract written into people’s hearts and minds. Such an agreement endows your colleagues with a shared commitment toward the organization’s highest priorities.
The Sweet Spot
So now that you understand the 8th Habit, how do you practice it? Here are some ideas:
• “Modeling” • “Path finding” • “Aligning” • “Empowering”
Bridging with Empowerment
You must bridge six chasms to make empowerment more than just an empty word:
1. The “clarity” gap 2. The “commitment” gap 3. The “translation” gap
4. The “enabling” gap 5. The “synergy” gap 6. The “accountability” gap

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