the 8th habit by stephen r. covey

Download The 8th Habit  by Stephen R. Covey

Post on 30-Dec-2015




55 download

Embed Size (px)


The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey. Habit 8: Find Your Voice & Inspire Others to Find Theirs. Talent. Need. VOICE. Passion. Conscience. The Power of a Paradigm. “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • The 8th Habit by Stephen R. CoveyHabit 8: Find Your Voice& Inspire Others to Find Theirs


  • The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. ~Albert EinsteinThe Power of a Paradigm

  • The old paradigm that many organizations still abide by, is that human beings are things that need to be managed, motivated, and controlled. Look at history and industrialization! The Industrial Paradigm

  • When you treat someone like a thing (micromanage), you prevent them from finding their voice and unlocking their true potential. The Industrial Paradigm

  • The Whole Person Paradigm says that human beings are four dimensional: body, mind, heart, and spirit.The Whole Person Paradigm

  • The Whole Person ParadigmMindSpiritHeartBody

  • People make choices. Consciously or subconsciously, people decide how much of themselves they will give to their work depending on how they are treated and on their opportunities to use all four parts of their nature (p. 22)The Whole Person ParadigmRebel or QuitMalicious obedienceWilling complianceCheerful cooperationHeartfelt commitmentCreative Excitement

  • Task: Work in your groups and come up with some scenarios that would cause you to react in one of the following ways: The Whole Person ParadigmRebel or QuitMalicious obedienceWilling complianceCheerful cooperationHeartfelt commitmentCreative Excitement

  • Task 2: Work within your group to develop a contract for working together that will allow you to succeed within the Whole Person Paradigm. (Mind + Body + Heart + Spirit = Success!)We will respect each others minds by __________.We will inspire each others hearts by __________.We will avoid having members rebel or quit by __________.Etc. The Whole Person Paradigm

  • Most of the great cultural shifts - ones that have built great organizations that sustain long-term growth, prosperity and contribution to the world - started with the choice of one person.Someone who changed themselves from the inside out. Two choices: The Path to Mediocrity and the Path to Greatness. (p. 28)We have the power to choose, and its never too late.The Whole Person Paradigm

  • Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I-I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.~Robert FrostThe Whole Person Paradigm

  • The 8th Habit AssignmentCommunity Service Project Proposals are due July 19th. Define the issue or problem- what are the causes, what is being done about it, what still needs to be done. Describe your solution- create a small yet effective project that addresses the issue and contributes some part to what is already being done or what still needs to be done about it.Listen to your conscience: What are your passions, what are your talents? Use those to meet a need!

    As illustrated in this figure, VOICE lies at the nexus of talent, passion, need, and conscience. When you engage all of these elements- you find your voice or your calling. When you engage in work that uses your talent and fuels your passion, that serves a great need in the world that you feel drawn to by your conscience - there is your VOICE!Voice is unique personal significance often revealed as we face our greatest challenges in life.


    If you want to make minor, incremental changes and improvements, work on practices, behavior, or attitude. But if you want to make significant, quantum improvement, work on paradigms.

    A paradigm is similar to a worldview. A paradigm is the model or scheme you use to make sense of events; it is a frame of reference.

    *The main assets and primary drivers of economic prosperity in the Industrial Age were machines and captial- THINGS.People were necessary but replaceable. You could control and churn through manual workers with little consequence-supply exceeded demand. When all you want is a persons body and you dont use their mind, heart, or spirit, you reduce a person to a thing. Many of our modern management practices come from the Industrial Age. We have this belief that you have to control and manage people. *When you manage people like things, they stop believing that leadership can become a choice.Most people think of leadership as a position and therefore dont see themselves as leaders. Personal leadership is a choice, and it gives you freedom. People think that only those in positions of authority should decide what must be done. They have consented to being controlled like a thing. They dont take the initiative to act, and wait to be told what to do by the person with the formal title.This behavior only fuels the formal leaders imperative to direct or manage their subordinates. They believe they must do this to get their employees to act. It is a viscous cycle. Each partys weakness reinforces and justifies the others behavior. *-There is one reason why so many people remain unsatisfied with their work and why most organizations fail to draw out the greatest talent, ingenuity, and creativity of their people. It stems from an incomplete paradigm of who we are- our fundamental view of human nature. Its like Einstein said, in order to fix this problem we need to change our thinking, change our paradigm: -The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. ~Albert Einstein

    *Mind- use me creativelyHeart- treat me kindlyBody- pay me fairlySpirit- allow me to serve human needs in a principled way*So whats the direct connection between the controlling thing paradigm that dominates todays workplace and the inability of managers and organizations to inspire their people to volunteer their highest talents and contributions? If you neglect any one of the four parts of human nature, you turn a person into a thing. And what do you do with things? You have to control, manage, and motivate them.

    In order to have people who are happy, have heartfelt commitment, and creative excitement for their work and lives, you must operate from a Whole Person Paradigm.

    *Identify which aspect of human nature is missing. **Pg 25*Travelers on the upper path to greatness rise above negative cultural influences and choose to become the creative force of their lives.*