Stephen Covey

United States
24 Oct 1932 // 16 Jul 2012
Educator, Author, Businessman


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We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.
Avoid fight or flight, talk through differences.

Thirty Methods of Influence (1991)
Prepare your heart and mind before you prepare your speech.

Thirty Methods of Influence (1991)
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it immediately.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)
The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.
Refrain from saying the unkind or negative thing.

Thirty Methods of Influence (1991)
Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves - who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."