Stephen Covey Biography, Books, Death, Quotes and Sharpen The Saw

Stephen Covey Biography

Stephen Covey born Stephen Richards Covey was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Stephen Covey Quotes

Start with the end in mind.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.
There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.

Stephen Covey Books

Covey’s book Spiritual Roots of Human Relations was published in 1972 by Deseret Book Company.

1989- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
2004- The 8th Habit
1994- First Things First
2008-Leader in me
1997- hábitos de las familias altamente efectivas
1989-Principle-centered leadership
2011-The 3rd Alternative
2000-Living the 7 Habits: Applications & Insights
2015-Primary Greatness: The 12 Levers of Success
1982-The Divine Center
2007-The 7 Habits for Managers
2009-How to Develop Your Personal Mission Statement
2012- The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey
2012-The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network Marketing Professionals
1970-Spritual Roots of Human Relations
2006-Habit 2 Begin With the End in Mind
2011- Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World
2005-El 8o Habito
2008-A Time Conscious Life: Inspirational Philosophy from Dr. Covey’s Life
2008-The Stephen R. Covey 20th Anniversary Collection
2001-How to Develop A Family Mission Statement
1998-The Stephen R. Covey Interactive Reader – 4 Books in 1: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, First Things First, and the Best of the Most Renowned Leadership Teacher of Our Time
1998-The 7 Habits Journal
2011-The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders
2000-The Power Of The 7 Habits
2009-Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times: 4 Essentials for Great Performance in Good Times and Bad
1989-El Liderazgo Centrado En Principios
2008-The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Marriage
2006-Habit 5 Seek First to Understand then to be Understood
2006-Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw
2006-Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life
2006-Habit 1 Be Proactive
1994-Daily reflections for highly effective people

Stephen Covey Speed Of Trust

From Stephen R. Covey’s eldest son come a revolutionary book that will guide business leaders, public figures and their organizations towards unprecedented productivity and satisfaction

Originally published: October 17, 2006
Author: Stephen M. R. Covey
Genre: Self-help book

Stephen Covey First Things First

First Things First is a self-help book written by Stephen Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill. It offers a time management approach that, if established as a habit, is intended to help a person achieve “effectiveness” by aligning him- or herself to “First Things”.

Originally published: 1994
Author: Stephen Covey
Genre: Self-help book

Stephen Covey Begin With The End In Mind

Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.

Originally published: March 2006
Author: Stephen Covey
Genre: Self-help book

Stephen Covey 7 Habits

Since its first publication in 1989, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey’s best-known book, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide. The audio version became the first non-fiction audiobook to sell more than one million copies in U.S. publishing history. Covey argues against what he calls “the ethical personality,” something he sees in many modern self-help books as prevalent. He promotes what he calls “the ethics of character”: aligning one’s values with so-called principles of “universal and timeless.” Covey firmly refuses to confuse principles and values; he sees principles as external laws of nature, while values remain internal and subjective.

Covey claims that values govern the behavior of individuals, but ultimately principles determine the effects. In a series of habits, Covey presents his teachings, manifesting as a progression from dependence through independence to interdependence.

Stephen Covey Sharpen The Saw

Originally published: December 2006
Author: Stephen Covey
Genre: Self-help book

Stephen Covey Time Management Matrix

4 Quadrants 
4 Quadrants

Stephen Covey 4 Quadrants

Quadrant I is for the immediate and important deadlines.

Quadrant II is for long-term strategizing and development.

Quadrant III is for time-pressured distractions. They are not really important, but someone wants it now.

Quadrant IV is for those activities that yield little in any value. These are activities that are often used for taking a break in a time pressured and important activities.

Stephen Covey Religion

Covey was a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a two-year mission in England for the Church. Covey served as the first president of the Irish Mission of the church starting in July 1962. He seems to insert the Mormon faith into The Leader In ME

When Covey studied as an MBA student at Harvard, he would, on occasion, preach to crowds on Boston Common.

Covey authored several devotional works for Latter-day Saint readers, including:

  • Spiritual Roots of Human Relations (1970)
  • The Divine Center (1982)
  • 6 Events: The Restoration Model for Solving Life’s Problems (2004).

Stephen Covey Bibliography

Spiritual Roots of Human Relations (1970) The Divine Center (1982)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989, 2004)
Principle-Centered Leadership (1989)
First Things First (1994), co-authored with Roger and Rebecca Merrill
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families: building a beautiful family culture in a turbulent world (1997)
Quest: The Spiritual Path to Success (Editor) (1997) with Thomas Moore, Mark Victor Hansen, David Whyte, Bernie Siegel, Gabrielle Roth, and Marianne Williamson. Simon & Schuster AudioBook
Living the 7 Habits (2000)
6 Events: The Restoration Model for Solving Life’s Problems (2004)
The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (2004)
The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything (2006), Stephen M. R. Covey, co-authored with Rebecca Merrill; foreword by Stephen R. Covey
The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child At a Time (2008)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network Marketing Professionals (2009)
The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems (2011)

Stephen Covey Honors and Awards

  • The Thomas More College Medallion for continuing service to humanity
  • The National Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • The 1994 International Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • One of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans of 1996
  • The Sikh’s 1998 International Man of Peace Award
  • 2003 Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative
  • 2004 Golden Gavel award from Toastmasters International
  • Accepted the inaugural Corporate Core Values Award from the California University of Pennsylvania on behalf of the FranklinCovey Corporation at the “national Franklin Covey Conference” (December 2006).
  • Inducted into the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum Hall of Fame on November 14, 2009
  • Maharishi Award from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa

Stephen Covey Emotional Bank Account

Stephen Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People) uses the metaphor of Emotional Bank Account to describe “the amount of trust that’s been built up in a relationship” (p. 188). This is one of the most powerful and graphic concepts to date on building relationships based on trust. The basic tenet of this simple yet profound principle is that we maintain a personal “emotional” bank account with anyone who works or relates to us. This account begins on a neutral balance. And just as with any bank account, we can make deposits and withdrawals. However, instead of dealing with units of monetary value, we deal with emotional units.

Stephen Covey Mormon

Covey was a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a two-year mission in England for the Church. Covey served as the first president of the Irish Mission of the church starting in July 1962. He seems to insert the Mormon faith into The Leader In ME

When Covey studied as an MBA student at Harvard, he would, on occasion, preach to crowds on Boston Common.

Covey authored several devotional works for Latter-day Saint readers, including:

  • Spiritual Roots of Human Relations (1970)
  • The Divine Center (1982)
  • 6 Events: The Restoration Model for Solving Life’s Problems (2004).

Stephen Covey 8th Habit

Covey’s 2004 book The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, an imprint of Simon & Schuster has been published by Free Press. It is the sequel to The Seven Habits. Covey argues that efficiency in what he calls the “Knowledge Worker Age” is not enough. He says that”[ t]he challenges and complexity that we face today are of a different magnitude.” Essentially, the 8th habit urges: “Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.”

Stephen Covey Injury and Death

In April 2012, when he lost control of his bike and fell, Covey, an avid cyclist, was riding a bike at Rock Canyon Park in Provo, Utah. He was wearing a helmet but the helmet slipped and his head hit the pavement, according to his daughter, Catherine Sagers. Catherine said Covey “went too fast down a hill and flipped on the bike. It was a pretty big goose egg on the top of his head.” Covey also suffered from cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

Covey died at the age of 79 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on July 16, 2012, from complications caused by the bike accident.