Stephen Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

Covey, fully Stephen Richards Covey

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

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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.

Think Win/Win.

To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.

Trust becomes a verb when you communicate to others their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.

Thinking win-win in a job that was killing.

To learn something but not to do is really not to learn. To know something but not to do is really not to know.

Trust is central to an economy that works.

This is a frame of the heart and mind that always seeks mutual benefit in all interactions of humans.

To live; to love; to learn; and to leave a legacy.

Two people can see the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right. It's not logical; it's psychological.

This sense of the future becomes more impactful, more powerful, than the sense of the past, than what?s often called baggage: past traumas, social injuries, past failures, and even the grasp of present circumstances. Those forces are not as powerful as a deeply embedded sense of the future and of a well-developed value system to deal with the past and the present. So as you look at your mission statement, you?ll need to work basically on two things: vision?your sense of the future?and the principles that you want to live by. Your vision is the end, the destination. Principles are the means, like the flight plan. Vision is who you really are and what you could become.

To maintain the P/PC Balance, the balance between the golden egg (production) and the health and welfare of the goose (production capability) is often a difficult judgment call. But I suggest it is the very essence of effectiveness.

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Personal responsibility, or proactivity, is fundamental to the first creation. Returning to the computer metaphor, Habit 1 says, You are the programmer. Habit 2, then, says, Write the program.

Those who get the most out of life and those who give the most are those who make the choice to act.

To put service above self gives meaning? and leads us into the Age of Wisdom, the fifth age of civilization.

Under-promise and over-deliver.

Through imagination, we can visualize the un-credited worlds of potential that lie within us.

To receive gratitude with grace is a form of gratitude by itself, and not always an easy art to master.

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.

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