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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The two additional unique human endowments that enable us to expand our proactivity and to exercise personal leadership in our lives are imagination and conscience.

There is no effectiveness without discipline, and there is no discipline without character.

The most positive way I can influence my situation is to work on myself, on my being.

The process is as important as the product.

The two factors that define an activity are ?urgent? and ?important?. Urgent means it requires immediate attention. It?s NOW! Urgent things act on us. A ringing phone is urgent. Most people can?t stand the thought of just allowing the phone to ring. You could spend hours preparing materials, you could get all dressed up and travel to a person?s office to discuss a particular issue, but if the phone were to ring while you were there, it would generally take precedence over your personal visit. If you were to phone someone, there aren?t many people who would say, I?ll get to you in 15 minutes; just hold. But most people would probably let you wait in an office for at least that long while they completed a telephone conversation with someone else. Urgent matters are usually visible. They press on us; they insist on action. They?re often popular with others. They?re usually right in front of us. And often they are pleasant, easy, fun to do. But so often they are unimportant!

There is nothing as fast as the speed of trust.

The noise of urgency creates an illusion of importance

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.

The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.

There?s no better way to inform and expand your mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.

The only person I know, is the person I want to be.

The real beginning of influence comes as others sense you are being influenced by them?when they feel understood by you?that you have listened deeply and sincerely, and that you are open. But most people are too vulnerable emotionally to listen deeply?to suspend their agenda long enough to focus on understanding before they communicate their own ideas.

The way we see the problem is the problem. To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.

There's a common misconception that a person's skill is their talent. Skills, however, are not talents. Talents, on the other hand, require skills. People can have skills and knowledge in areas where their talents do not lie. If they have a job that requires their skills but not their talents, organizations will never tap into their passion or voice. They'll go through the motions, but this will only make them appear to need external supervision and motivation. If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won't require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external.

The pattern of true growth and development may occur from the inside-out, but we are driven to it from the outside-in ? from the need that all of us have to serve, to matter, to contribute to the lives of others and to society, to be involved in something of transcendent meaning ? to leave a legacy.

The reality is that everybody makes mistakes. The issue isn?t whether you will make them, it?s what you will do about them. It?s whether you will choose the path of humility and courage or the path of ego and pride.

The way we see things is the source of the way we think or the way we act.

There's no better way to inform and expand you mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.

The PC principle is to always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.

The reflection of the current social paradigm tells us we are largely determined by conditioning and conditions.

The way you spend your time is a result of the way you see your time and the way you really see your priorities.

There's strong data that, within companies, the No. 1 reason for ethical violations is the pressure to meet expectations, sometimes unrealistic expectations.

The person who doesn?t read is no better off than the person who can?t read.

The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual.

The work will come again, but childhood won?t.

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