Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Stephen
Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey
1932
2012

American Author, Educator, Businessman, Trainer, Motivational Speaker best known for his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Author Quotes

Unless you?re continually improving your skills, you?re quickly becoming irrelevant.

Through real-life stories, Kristin Kaufman illustrates the core idea of being present in the moment and opening oneself up to new ideas in order to become an authentic leader in life.

To relate effectively with a wife, a husband, children, friends, or working associates, we must learn to listen. And this requires emotional strength. Listening involves patience, openness, and the desire to understand?highly developed qualities of character. It?s so much easier to operate from a low emotional level and to give high-level advice.

Unless you?re influenced by my uniqueness, I?m not going to be influenced by your advice. So if you want to be really effective in the habit of interpersonal communication, you cannot do it with technique alone. You have to build the skills of empathic listening on a base of character that inspires openness and trust. And you have to build the Emotional Bank Accounts that create a commerce between hearts.

Time management is really a misnomer ? the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.

To retain those who are present, be loyal to those who are absent.

To be a race should work to change the conditions in order to serve your goals, do not change your goals as dictated by the circumstances

To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.

To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you?re going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.

Too many vacations that last too long, too many movies, too much TV, too much video game playing ? too much undisciplined leisure time in which a person continually takes the course of least resistance gradually wastes a life. It ensures that a person?s capacities stay dormant, that talents remain undeveloped, that the mind and spirit become lethargic and that the heart remains unfulfilled.

To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.

To do carefully and constantly and kindly many little things is not a little thing.

Treat them all the same by treating them differently? respecting their differences.

To focus on money making as a center will bring about its own undoing.

True discipline means channeling our best hours into first-order objectives, and that means being a nonconformist in the best sense.

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don't pay the price day in and day out, you'll never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind.

True effectiveness is a function of two things: what is produced (the golden eggs) and the producing asset (the goose).

Think about a person who typically sees things differently than you do. Consider ways in which those differences might be used as stepping-stones to third alternative solutions. Perhaps you could seek out his or her views on a current project or problem, valuing the different views you are likely to hear.

To ignore the unexpected (even if it were possible) would be to live without opportunity, spontaneity, and the rich moments of which "life" is made.

True effectiveness requires balance.

Think about taking a trip on an airplane. Before taking off, the pilot has a very clear destination in mind, which hopefully coincides with yours, and a flight plan to get there. The plane takes off at the appointed hour toward that predetermined destination. But in fact, the plane is off course at least 90 percent of the time. Weather conditions, turbulence, and other factors cause it to get off track. However, feedback is given to the pilot constantly, who then makes course corrections and keeps coming back to the exact flight plan, bringing the plane back on course. And often, the plane arrives at the destination on time. It?s amazing. Think of it. Leaving on time, arriving on time, but off course 90 percent of the time. If you can create this image of an airplane, a destination, and a flight plan in your mind, then

To judge someone before understanding that person is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself. It intensifies personal insecurities, necessitating more judgment (prejudice) and less understanding. The processes continue in this vicious cycle.

True independence of character empowers us to act rather than be acted upon.

Author Picture
First Name
Stephen
Last Name
Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey
Birth Date
1932
Death Date
2012
Bio

American Author, Educator, Businessman, Trainer, Motivational Speaker best known for his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People