Stephen Covey

Stephen R. Covey

1932 – 2012
American Author

The way we see the problem is the problem.

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

There are three constants in life: change, principles and choice.
Change happens quickly.
We must choose to live…

What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say.

The quickest way to someone’s heart is to listen.
Listen to their words, their feelings, their body language.
Listen to understand.

The key is not spending time but investing it.
How you will invest your time this year?

Leadership requires more than just formal authority.
It requires moral authority.
Trust vanishes without it.

Where you are headed is more important than how fast you’re going, yet people are consumed with speed rather than direction.

Stop the bashing. Try something productive: Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic

Happniess is, in part, the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.

Integrity means avoiding any communication that is deceptive, misleading, full of guile or beneath the dignity of people. Got integrity?

Be patient with yourself.
Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground.
There is no greater investment. Grow or fall behind.

Love is a verb. Love, the feeling, is simply the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. Sacrifice. Listen. Affirm and show gratitude.

The power to make and keep commitments to ourselves is the essence of developing the basic habits of effectiveness.

It’s not what people do to us that hursts us. It’s our chosen response to what they do that really hurts us.

One of the most poweful uses of self-awareness is to become aware of conscience and how it works within us.

Quickest way to build trust: make a promise and keep it.
Don’t over-promise and don’t under-deliver.
Only say what you are willing to do.

Once you know what matters most to you, act with integrity by putting first things first. Smile and say “no” to the unimportant.

There is so much we can all do to make a difference in the world. Don’t have to think big.

Start small. Build from there.

We see the world, not as it is, but as we are ─ or, as we are conditioned to see it.

Becoming principle-centered is a process of becoming.
It’s a lifetime quest.
We all, at times, get off track.
Just get back on track.

You can buy someone’s back, but not their heart and mind.
You can buy their hands but not their spirit.

Books by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits for Managers: Managing Yourself, Leading Others, Unleashing Potential (2015)
Stephen R. Covey’s The 4 Disciplines of Execution: The Secret To Getting Things Done, On Time, With Excellence… (2014)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (2013)
How to Develop Your Personal Mission Statement (2013)
How to Develop Your Family Mission Statement (2013)
The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems (2012)
The Divine Center (2011)
Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life (2009)
Great Work, Great Career (2009)
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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (2005)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Personal Workbook (2004)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Workbook (1999)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families (1998)
First Things First (1996)
Principle-Centered Leadership (1992)