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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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.

The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.

The true identity theft is not financial. It's not in cyberspace. It's spiritual. It's been taken.

There is a heavy emphasis in Mormonism on initiative, on responsibility, on a work ethic, and on education. If you take those elements together with a free-enterprise system, you've got the chemistry for a lot of industry.

The problem is that Lose/Win people bury a lot of feelings. And unexpressed feelings never die: they?re buried alive and come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses, particularly of the respiratory, nervous, and circulatory systems, often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment repressed by the Lose/Win mentality. Disproportionate rage or anger, overreaction to minor provocation, and cynicism are other embodiments of suppressed emotion.

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.

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