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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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.

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.

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.

These four gifts?self-awareness, conscience, creative imagination, and independent will?reside in the space we

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