Stephen Covey was a businessman, motivational
speaker, and author of bestselling personal development books.
His most popular
book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
was named one of the most
influential business books of the century.
It was printed in 38 languages, sold
millions of copies, and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for five
About Stephen Covey
Stephen Covey was born on October
24, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah into a Mormon family. He died at the age of 79
on July 16, 2012 after suffering from complications from a fall caused by a
bicycling accident a few months earlier. He was a leader in his faith, an
accomplished businessman, and one of the most popular personal development
authors of the last few decades. He was also a respected family man and was the
father of nine children and grandfather of 52 grandchildren.
Covey attended the University of Utah, Harvard, and Brigham Young University. He
acquired a degree in business administration, an MBA, and a DRE (Doctor of
Early in his career, before he became a best
selling writer, Covey taught at Brigham Young University. In 2010, Stephen Covey
became a professor once more, this time at the Huntsman School of Business at
Utah State University. While there he taught classes, conducted research and
established the Stephen R. Covey Center for Leadership.
career, Stephen Covey received many prestigious awards due to his work with his
faith group, contributions to the business world, and his innovative personal
development advice. Some of the awards he received include:
International Entrepreneur of the Year
• National Fatherhood Initiative
• Sikh's Man of Peace Award
• Golden Gavel from
• Thomas Moore College Medallion for Service To Humanity
Lifetime Achievement Award For Entrepreneurial Leadership
• 25 Most
Influential Americans Award from Time Magazine
• Maharishi Award from
Maharishi University of Management
Books by Stephen Covey
"Spiritual Roots of Human Relations
" was first published in 1970. It is now
available as a book, ebook, and audio book. This book tackles relationship
problems and offers personal development advice that encompasses spiritual
solutions such as using vision, communication, commitment, and self discipline.
• "The Divine Center
" is a book and ebook by Stephen Covey that was first
published in 1982. This book draws on Covey's spiritual beliefs and helps
readers cultivate a Christ centered life. He explains the Divine Center offers
more value and guidance over other centers such as wisdom, power, and security.
• "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal
" was published in 1990. It is available as a book, ebook, and audio book.
This is one of best selling personal development books by Stephen Covey, having
sold over 25 million copies. This book offers readers seven habits they can
incorporate into their lives. Covey teaches they must first undergo a paradigm
change on how the world works. This change will shift the way readers view and
act in business matters such as time management, productivity, and positive
thinking. The seven habits presented by Covey work in personal lives as well as
corporations. They are a holistic approach to life, relationships, and success.
• "Principle-Centered Leadership
" is a book, ebook, and audio book that was
published in 1990. This book helps readers become more effective leaders at home
and in the workplace. Stephen Covey offers personal development advice and
insights that help foster the development of stronger relationships that are
more productive and also more balanced and effective.
• "How to Succeed
was written in 1993. It is available as a book and ebook. This book
contains essays on the subject of relationships. It also offers helpful personal
development advice for improving relationships with others by developing
patience, spirituality, and strength.
• "First Things First"
is a book
and audio book that was published in 1994. It was written in collaboration with
A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill. This groundbreaking book changed the
way people looked at time management. Traditionally, experts taught time
management was based on working smarter, harder, and faster. By doing that, it
was reasoned work would be accomplished more efficiently and thus lead to
happier lives. Stephen Covey takes a different approach in this book. He draws
from his "7 Habits" book and explains that time management should focus on
relationships and results. Effectiveness should be the goal rather than
efficiency. Covey further teaches readers how to determine what is the most
important, how to accomplish the most worthwhile goals, and how to create lives
that are more balanced.
• "Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People:
Living the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Every Day
" is a book by Stephen
Covey that was published in 1994. This book is formatted into small nuggets of
wisdom for daily contemplation. These quotes from Covey summarize the key points
in his teachings and help readers move to a more holistic and effective life.
• "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families"
is a book and audio book by
Stephen Covey that was published in 1997. In this work, Covey shifts the focus
from business success to the family and community. He offers suggestions on how
to handle small and big problems and build strong families. Covey teaches the
importance of family meetings, importance of keeping promises, how to balance
family needs and personal needs, and how to foster interdependence rather than
dependence. The book contains self help advice, personal stories, parables, and
exercises to help bring families together and make them more effective.
"The Nature of Leadership
" is a book that was published in 1998. It contains a
compilation of quotes, interviews, and stories from Stephen Covey and A. Roger
Merrill. It is also filled with beautiful photographs that enhance the stories.
The photographs were taken by Dewitt Jones, a former photographer for National
• "Living the 7 Habits: The Courage to Change
" was published
in 2000. It is available as a book and audio book. This book is filled with
stories from people who used the principles taught by Stephen Covey to solve
their problems and change their lives. It offers hope and inspiration to others
struggling to overcome obstacles.
• "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People Personal Workbook
" is a book and ebook that was published in 2003. It is
filled with exercises that help readers internalize the principles behind the
seven habits. The exercises help readers set goals, cultivate positive
attributes such as honesty, fairness, and integrity, and improve relationships.
• "Six Events: The Restoration Model for Solving Life's Problems
published in 2004. It is available as a book, audio book, and ebook. This work
is based upon the religious beliefs of Stephen Covey and is directed to fellow
members of the Mormon church. Covey explores the transcendent events of the
Restoration and offers tips for deriving meaning from them.
• "The 8th
Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
" is a book and ebook that was published
in 2004. In this book, Stephen Covey explains we have entered the Knowledge
Workers Age, and things have changed since he published his groundbreaking book,
"The 7 Habits." He saw a need for an eighth habit that will propel readers from
effectiveness into greatness. His newer method will help readers live more
successfully in today's challenging world. His personal development advice helps
readers find their voice so they can inspire others and in the process create a
work environment where everyone feels engaged and valued.
• "The 8th
Habit Personal Workbook: Strategies to Take You from Effectiveness to Greatness
was published in 2006. It is available as a paperback and is filled with
questionnaires, self-tests, and exercises that help readers develop the best
mind-set for being effective in the Knowledge Worker Age.
• "The Leader
in Me: How Schools and Parents around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One
Child at a Time
" was published in 2008 and it is available as a book, ebook, and
audio book. It relates stories of parents, business leaders, and schools who are
taking an active role in creating the leaders of tomorrow. Stephen Covey
explains that times have changed and the workplace needs people who are creative
and motivated. Businesses are finding a lack of good prospects who possess the
qualities needed in today's world. Some forward thinking schools and individuals
devised plans to fill the gap by teaching children while they are young, so when
they enter the workforce, they will have sought-after skills and abilities.
• "Great Work, Great Career
" was written in collaboration with Jennifer Colosimo and was published in 2009. It is available as a book, ebook, and audio
book. This book is targeted towards people seeking a job or new career, even in
tough economic times. The book helps readers define their strengths and
determine what market can benefit from them, how to build good relationships
with key people in organizations, and how to create the best career opportunity.
Covey also offers advice on resume creation and performing well during a job
• "Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times
" was published
in 2009 and was written in collaboration with Bob Whitman and Breck England. It
is available as a book, ebook, and audio book. Covey explains that uncertainty
is the only certainty in business. He offers four principles for getting
predictable results in good times and bad. They are excellent execution, high
trust levels, achieve more with less, and transforming fear into engagement.
• "The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems
" is a book, ebook, and audio book that was published in 2011. In this book, Stephen Covey
takes on the subject of conflict resolution. Covey teaches that instead of your
way vs. my way, there is a better way he calls the third alternative. It is a
solution for conflicts that leaves both sides of the debate feeling like a
• "A Conversation on Trust: The One Thing That Impacts Every
Dimension of Life
" is an audio book that was published in 2012. It is a
recording of a discussion between Stephen Covey and his son, Stephen M. R. Covey
about how important trust is in relationships and business.
• "The 7
Habits for Managers: Managing Yourself, Leading Others, Unleashing Potential
an audio book by Stephen Covey that was published in 2012. He discusses concepts
such as being proactive, putting first things first, creating win-win
situations, and being understanding and understood.
• "The 7 Habits of a
Highly Effective Marriage
" was published in 2012 and is available as an audio
book. This work is a collaboration between Stephen Covey, his wife, his brother,
and his sister-in-law. They offer practical tips for applying the seven habits
to a marriage. Covey draws on his own life experiences after 50 years of
marriage to offer true insight and useful advice.
The Legacy of
Stephen Covey left behind a company he helped establish,
FranklinCovey, that provides professional services to clients in over 140
different countries. The company provides assessment services and time
management training based upon the principles in the "7 Habits" book by Covey.
The work done by FranklinCovey has influenced the business world as they
have serviced educational, government, and business clients around the world,
big and small. They have worked with over 75 percent of the Fortune 500
companies and 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies.
The impact of
Stephen Covey is not confined to the business realm. He touched many individuals
and helped them overcome life's difficulties and build stronger families and
lead happier lives. His emphasis on effectiveness rather than efficiency brought
peace and fulfillment to businesses and individuals alike.
The wisdom in
the personal development books written by Stephen Covey will continue to inspire
readers for generations to come.
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