Stephen Covey

Stephen Covey

Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

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Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success, leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline carrying it out.

There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles.

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.

We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions, rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things we can accomplish those goals.

Want balance in your life? Then sure get your own act together but don't forget four powerful disciplines of execution in your team and organization.

When it comes to developing character strength inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child no institution can or ever will compare with or effectively substitute for the home's potential for positive influence.

Public behavior is merely private character writ large.

In the last analysis what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.

But with the steady disintegration of the family in modern society over the last century the role of the school in bridging the gap has become vital!

Historically the family has played the primary role in educating children for life with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.

Instead I have an abundance mentality: When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others the pie gets larger.

Every human has four endowments - self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose to respond to change.

We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.

The bottom line is when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities not only are they many times more productive they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.

It's a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting and would like to do more in this field.

Live out of your imagination not your history.

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.

Life is not accumulation it is about contribution.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

The key is taking responsibility and initiative deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.

You can retire from a job but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.

The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.

Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves - who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.

When you really listen to another person from their point of view and reflect back to them that understanding it's like giving them emotional oxygen.

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent interpersonal relationships.

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent often unconcious patterns they constantly daily express our character.