Last Thursday, I heard Stephen Covey talk here in Seattle. The purpose of his talk was to reveal and discuss his 8th Habit of Highly Successful People. His new book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness comes out in November and is available for pre-order here on Amazon.
See Todd S"s post about the new book on the 1800CEOREAD Blog.
What is the 8th Habit?
Covey’s 8th Habit of Highly Effective People is: “Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.”
What does Covey mean by our voice? To find our voice we need to find out what we are good at, what we love doing, what we should be doing, and what represents our unique significance and serves a purpose. It´s the work that we are meant to do given our talents, interests, and callings.
"People who have found their voice require no management,"?? says Covey. This certainly rings true with my experience. Think about a time when your heart, mind, body, and spirit were all engaged in a project or task. Nobody had to tell you to show up on time or to stay focused and there was no stopping you from success.
Can someone find their voice working in a high-rise in the city? Yes! Finding one´s voice will not require us to quit our corporate gigs and join the Peace Corps – although this might be the answer for a few. Creating and building successful companies that provide for their communities and are great places to work will be the right and significant work for many managers.
Covey says that finding our voice is the key to the 21st century and the age of the knowledge worker. The 8th habit represents the 3rd dimension of Covey´s model.
I personally connected to Covey´s talk as it crystalized in my mind why some of the career changes (and risks) I have made recently were, for me, absolutely correct.
Have you found your voice? Would you know how to approach finding your voice?
The second part of the 8th Habit is to inspire others to find their voice. This will be the focus of tomorrow´s post.