Stephen Covey

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


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Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.
Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.
People and organizations don't grow much without delegation and completed staff work because they are confined to the capacities of the boss and reflect both personal strengths and weaknesses.
Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.
Distinguish between the person and the behavior or performance.
Involve people in meaningful projects.
Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.

First Things First: To Live, To Love, To Learn, To Leave a Legacy (1994)
Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.
Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.
There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles.
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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."