One of the main mantras of Stephen Covey during his life was “there are three constants in life: change, choice and principles”. This message was conveyed to so many people around the world from all walks of life, from the oval office to community halls and schools. Stephen taught the power of mindset, coupled with skill sets, and his most famous work was in the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” – an international best seller. Recognised as one of the most influential people in the world, his teachings have helped transform the lives of countless individuals and organizations.
His universal principles embodied all the qualities found in modern, progressive and prosperous societies. These principles covered areas of business, politics, religion, gender, lifestyle and family, and are regarded as timeless. This principle centred philosophy is at the core of most of his teachings and his numerous books. Co-founder of the Franklin Covey Company – a global company specializing in performance improvement, and dedicated to improvements in business management and organizational development – is now one of the largest management and development companies in the world.
Stephen was educated in Harvard, where he received an MBA, and a doctorate from Brigham Young University, where he was a professor of organizational behaviour. He received many awards for significant contributions to management and education. Stephen Covey passed away in July 2012, but his works and his philosophies endure.
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Stephen Covey Quotes
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.”
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”
“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
” I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
“Start with the end in mind.”
“To change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions.”
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”
“When the truth account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.”
“Two people can see the same thing, disagree,and yet both be right. It’s not logical; it’s psychological.”
“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or as we are conditioned to see it.”
“We are free to choose our actions,… but we are not free to choose the consequences of these actions.”
“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control – myself.”