Stephen Covey

1932 -

A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on business, success, how to succeed, and greatness

Most people define greatness through wealth and popularity and position in the corner office. But what I call everyday greatness comes from character and contribution.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: Business 2.0: How To Succceed: Strive for Moral Authority: http://money.cnn.com/popups/2006/biz2/howtosucceed/13.html

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on assumptions, mind, body, heart, and spirit

I have also found that by making four simple assumptions in our lives we can immediately begin leading a more balanced, integrated, powerful life. They are simple–one for each part of our nature–but I promise you that if you do them consistently, you will find a new wellspring of strength and integrity to draw on when you need it most.

1) For the body–assume you've had a heart attack; now live accordingly.

2) For the mind–assume the half-life of your profession is two years; now prepare accordingly.

3) For the heart–assume everything you say about another, they can overhear; now speak accordingly.

4) For the spirit–assume you have a one-on-one visit with your Creator every quarter; now live accordingly.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on leadership and character

...be a light, not a judge; ...be a model, not a critic.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: Principle Centered Leadership, Pages: 25

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on talents, skills, passion, voice, and motivation

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.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, Pages: 76-77

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on leaders, achievers, voice, intelligence, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, vision, discipline, passion, conscience, and 8th habit

When you study the lives of all great achievers--those who have had the greatest influence on others, those who have made things happen--you will find a pattern. Through their persistent efforts and inner struggle, they have greatly expanded their four native human intelligences or capacities. The highest manifestations of these four intelligences are: for mental, vision; for the physical, discipline; for the emotional, passion; for the spiritual, conscience. These manifestations also represent our highest means of expressing our voice.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, Pages: 65

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on leadership, voice, influence, inspire, creativity, passion, talent, and motivation

Once you've found your own voice, the choice to expand your influence, to increase your contribution, is the choice to inspire others to find their voice. Inspire (from the Latin inspirare) means to breathe life into another. As we recognize, respect and create ways for others to give voice to all four parts of their nature--physically, mentally, emotionally/socially, spiritually--latent human genius, creativity, passion, talent and motivation are unleashed. It will be those organizations that reach a critical mass of people and teams expressing their full voice that will achieve next-level breakthrough in productivity, innovation and leadership in the market place and society.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, Pages: 31

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on calling, talent, passion, conscience, voice, and soul

When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion--that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet--therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul's code.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on habits, 7 habits, 8th habit, voice, and inspire

The 8th Habit, then, is not about adding one more habit to the 7 -- one that somehow got forgotten. It's about seeing and harnessing the power of a third dimension to the 7 Habits that meets the central challenge of the new Knowledge Worker Age. The 8th Habit is to Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, Pages: 4-5

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on habits, sharpen the saw, integral transformative practice, integral life practice, practice, and circle of influence

Suppose you came upon someone in the woods working to saw down a tree. They are exhausted from working for hours. You suggest they take a break to sharpen the saw. They might reply, " I didn't have time to sharpen the saw, I'm busy sawing!"

Habit 7 is taking the time to sharpen the saw. By renewing the four dimensions of your nature - physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional, you can work more quickly and effortlessly. To do this, we must be proactive. This is a Quadrant II (important, not urgent) activity that must be acted on. It's at the center of our Circle of Influence, so we must do it for ourselves.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on selfmanagement and motivaiton

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically - to say  "no" to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger "YES" burning inside

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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