"The effect of one upright individual is incalculable." -Oscar Arias
"When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally" -Lao-Tzu
- Born October 24, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Grandson of Stephen Mack Covey, founder of Little America.
- Earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in business administration from the University of
- Earned an MBA from Harvard.
- Earned a Doctor of Religious Education from Brigham Young University.
- Member of Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity.
- Over the span of his life, he sold over 20 million books in 38 languages.
- Received the International Man of Peace Award.
- National Fatherhood Award – had nine children and forty-four grandchildren.
- Co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey.
- Received the International Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
- Received eight honorary doctorate degrees.
- He was a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he served on
a two-year mission in England because of that. Served as first president of the
Irish mission in 1962.
- Died from complications from a fall in April on July 16, 2012.
Things I learned from Stephen Covey in 1992 that change my work-life balance paradigm:
- Be clear about my value and principles. They will control my behavior.
- Big Rocks are my priority!
- Be proactive; don't wait for someone to tell you what to do.
- Have a written mission statement, values and goals that I review regularly. Begin with the End in Mind.
- Value the compass more than the clock.
- Review my week for lessons learned and plan for the next seven days in detail every week.
- Focus on what's important more than what's urgent and not important. Live a quadrant 2 life style.
- Do something important in every role each week (i.e. husband, father, extended family member, teacher at church, consultant, musician, friend, writer, and speaker).
- Learn to enjoy the journey while achieving the goal.
- Obey the Law of the Farm; you can't cram on the farm or any other natural system.
- Educate my conscience by learning, listening and responding.
- Put first things first.
- You can't be efficient with people, only effective.
- Make sure my personal and professional ladder is leaning against the right wall.
- Focus on my circle of influence and pray about my circle of concerns. The more I focus on what I can influence the smaller my concerns will become.
- Never forget to sharpen the saw or to be too busy driving that I can't stop for gas.
- Think Win-Win.
- Value other peoples differences. Think Synergistically.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. (This one is hard to live but I'm still working at it).
- Remember the secret of the Chinese Bamboo: You have to go deep before you go up.
What lessons have you learned from Dr. Covey? I would love to hear from you.
Principles of Execution Key Concepts:
- Stephen Covey
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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