Stephen Covey

(Stephen Richards Covey)

Stephen Covey
Stephen Covey
  • Born: October 24, 1932
  • Died: July 16, 2012
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author, Professional Speaker, Professor, Consultant, Management-expert









Stephen Richards Covey was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His other books include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit, and The Leader In Me — How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. In 1996, Times magazine named him one of the 25 most influential people. He was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at the time of his death.

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Live out of your imagination, not your history Human Nature
Public behavior is merely private character writ large. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
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. Business, Commerce & Finance
A little over 5% of the world's population produces almost 29% of the world's goods and services.
A mission statement is not something you write overnight... But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life. Life
Accountability breeds response-ability.
An empowered organisation is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organisational success. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Success
Begin with the end in mind.
Between stimulus and response, there is a space where we choose our response.
Both times I was in India, I could not get people to listen to each other. I had to literally tell people to listen to each other and tell them that they can't get creative and find alternate solutions if they don't listen to each other. There's a lot of arguing and justifying.
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! Society ;Families, Children & Parenting
Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Leaders & Leadership
Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves - who can take initiative and be the solution to problems. Business, Commerce & Finance
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. Power ;Independence
Every time I see high-trust cultures, I see a lessening of adversarialism. Time
Every time you think the problem is 'out there,' that very thought is the problem. Time
Everyone must be proactive and do all they can to help themselves to stay employed.
Family home evening is more for the purpose of teaching values and gospel principles, displaying talents and enjoying different kinds of family fun and activities. Families, Children & Parenting
Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.
For me, the essence of the great American Dream is spiritual. I believe that our Constitution is inspired and that it is based on principles that are timeless and universal. This is the reason why 95% of all written constitutions throughout the world are modeled after our Constitution.
Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
How can you possibly reconcile the justice of God with the idea that only through Christ can you be saved? Most of the world lives and dies and never even hears of Christ. There has to be some mechanism set up for all those who have ever lived to have an opportunity to hear of Christ. Religion & God
I affirm to you the tremendous potential you have, not beyond anything you could ever imagine.
I believe in Coach Louis Wong. He is so much more than just a football coach.
I believe in this concept that you learn by teaching.
If there's one thing that's certain in business, it's uncertainty. Business, Commerce & Finance
If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting.
If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success. Success
If you have a family mission statement that clarifies what your purpose is, then you use that as the criterion by which you make the decisions. Families, Children & Parenting
If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In school, many of us procrastinate and then successfully cram for tests. We get the grades and degrees we need to get the jobs we want, even if we fail to get a good general education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. Communication & Communications
In this knowledge-worker age, it's now increasingly tied to doing well in school so you can get into better grad schools so you can get better jobs - so the pressure to do well is really high.
Instead, I have an abundance mentality: When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It's amazing how confused and distracted and misdirected so many people are.
Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.
Leadership is a choice, not a position. Leaders & Leadership
Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution. Life
Light is the greatest disinfectant in nature and also in organizations. Nature
Listen with your eyes for feelings.
Live out of your imagination, not your history. History
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. Leaders & Leadership ;Success
Mind over mattress.
Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect. Respect
Most negotiators are trying to get their way.
Most people are basically a victim of the circumstances of their life. They have things like 9/11, they have terrorism threats, they have new war threats, they have economy problems, and they think, 'What can I do? I'm basically a victim.' Life ;War & Peace
My parents were just constantly affirming me in everything that I did. Late at night, I'd wake up and hear my mother talking over my bed, saying, 'You're going to do great on this test. You can do anything you want.'
One of the things that I have admired about India is the spiritualism of the people.
Outsourcing is inevitable, and I don't think it's necessarily treating people like things.
People and organizations don't grow much without delegation and completed staff work because they are confined to the capacities of the boss and reflect both personal strengths and weaknesses. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.
Reactive people... are often affected by their physical environment. They find external sources to blame for their behavior.
Remember, we are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Some habits of ineffectiveness are rooted in our social conditioning toward quick-fix, short-term thinking.
Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.
Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.
Studies have identified a significant 'skills gap' between what students are currently being taught and the skills employers are seeking in today's global economy. Our children must be better prepared than they are now to meet the future challenges of our ever-changing world. Future
Synergy is better than my way or your way. It's our way.
Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It's the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.
The average family spends 30 hours in front of a television, and they say they don't have the time to have a balanced, integrated life. Life ;Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
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. Life ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.
The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged.
The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.
The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.
The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
The solutions to our problems are and always will be based upon universal, timeless, self-evident principles common to every enduring, prospering society throughout history. Society ;History
The spirit of America has nurtured responsibility and community unlike any other country.
The true identity theft is not financial. It's not in cyberspace. It's spiritual. It's been taken.
The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging change in human history. History
There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles. Life
There is a heavy emphasis in Mormonism on initiative, on responsibility, on a work ethic, and on education. If you take those elements together with a free-enterprise system, you've got the chemistry for a lot of industry. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There's strong data that, within companies, the No. 1 reason for ethical violations is the pressure to meet expectations, sometimes unrealistic expectations.
To learn something but not to do is really not to learn. To know something but not to do is really not to know.
Trust is central to an economy that works. Trust
Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships. Life ;Trust
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. Life
We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice. Power
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
We become what we repeatedly do.
We need to have business leaders who live by deep, strong principles. Business, Commerce & Finance
We see the world not as it is, but as we are.
What air is to the body, to feel understood is to the heart.
What is common sense isn't common practice.
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.
When one side benefits more than the other, that's a win-lose situation. To the winner it might look like success for a while, but in the long run, it breeds resentment and distrust. Success
When the external factors over which one has no control in a way start to become negative, it starts to affect our creative juices.
When we value correct principles, we have truth - a knowledge of things as they are. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Truth
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.
When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems.
You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life. Life
You can't talk your way out of problems you behave yourself into.
Your most important work is always ahead of you, never behind you. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You're not a product of your nature. That is your genetic makeup or your nurture, the things that have happened to you. Of course those things affect you powerfully, but they do not determine you. Nature