Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Inspirational Man: A Tribute to Stephen R. Covey

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“Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system.” – Stephen R. Covey

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People would undoubtedly pass as one of the best human resource books written in recent times.

Each page of the Seven Habits, as well as his other works, is filled with invaluable insights about the principles and motivations which are strong factors that allow an individual to create a truly satisfying career and a meaningful life.

Stephen Covey’s passing at the age of 79 came as a surprise to many. He peacefully crossed over at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho early morning of July 16th. Covey’s demise was reportedly caused by complications from a bike accident. Back in April of this year, Covey was hospitalized after being knocked unconscious in a bike crash accident which happened in Provo, Utah.

“We lost a dear friend today,” Wrote Bob Whitman on Covey’s personal website. Whitman is the Chairman and CEO of FranklinCovey Co. “Stephen was one of the world’s great human beings. His impact is incalculable and his influence will continue to inspire generations to come.”

A recent article by Kevin Kruze in Forbes recounted 10 inspirational quotes from Covey that have the power to change lives. Here are the top picks from Kruze:

1)      The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
2)      The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
3)      Live out of your imagination, not your history.
4)      Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
5)      Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
6)      I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
7)      You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”
8)      I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.
9)      Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her.
10)   Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.

Stephen Covey is a world renowned motivational speaker, well-acclaimed author and an educator. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah. Covey earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard University while he obtained his Doctor of Religious Education from the Brigham Young University.

Covey wrote 7 seven books throughout his career which were translated and sold in different countries. His most popular book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was named the “# 1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century”.

Stephen Covey lived a fruitful and meaningful life with his wife Sandra Covey, and his family in Provo, Utah.

From the Silver Creek Press Family, our heartfelt condolences go out to those he left behind. His legacy will always be remembered. RIP, Dr. Covey.

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