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

We must look at the lens through which we see the world, as well as at the world we see, and understand that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.

Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective.

We are responsible for our own lives.

We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.

Value the differences.

We become what we repeatedly do.

We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.

Vision is applied imagination.

We can make a promise and keep it. Or we can set a goal and work to achieve it.

Vision is greater than baggage.

We can only achieve quantum improvements in our lives as we quit hacking at the leaves of attitude and behavior and get to work on the root, the paradigms from which our attitudes and behaviors flow.

Vision is the breakfast. Feedback is the lunch. Self-correction is the dinner.

We can?t go very far to change our seeing without simultaneously changing our being, and vice versa.

Want balance in your life? Then sure, get your own act together, but don't forget four powerful disciplines of execution in your team and organization.

We can't live without eating, but we don't live to eat.

We accomplish all that we do through delegation -- either to time or to other people.

We could spend weeks, months, even years laboring with the personality ethic trying to change our attitudes and behaviors and not even begin to approach the phenomenon of change that occurs spontaneously when we see things differently

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.

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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