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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Unfortunately, too many executives believe the myths about trust. Myths like how trust is soft and is merely a social virtue. The reality is that trust is hard-edged and is an economic driver.”

Unfortunately, too many executives believe the myths about trust. Myths like how trust is soft and is merely a social virtue. The reality is that trust is hard-edged and is an economic driver.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The highest challenge inside organizations is to enable each person to contribute his or her unique talents and passion to accomplish the organization’s purpose.”

The highest challenge inside organizations is to enable each person to contribute his or her unique talents and passion to accomplish the organization’s purpose.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Success in one role can’t justify failure in another.”

Success in one role can’t justify failure in another.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.”

Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.”

In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success.”

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I love interaction with audiences. If were my choice, I would spend most of my time interacting with audiences. Walking around and asking them to challenge me.”

I love interaction with audiences. If were my choice, I would spend most of my time interacting with audiences. Walking around and asking them to challenge me.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I keep my phone number unlisted and rely on my associates to handle all voice mail, e-mail, faxes.”

I keep my phone number unlisted and rely on my associates to handle all voice mail, e-mail, faxes.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.”

People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I am senting many books for endorsement purposes, which enables me to stay relevant in my own field, and I have people that help me decide which ones I should read and endorse.”

I am senting many books for endorsement purposes, which enables me to stay relevant in my own field, and I have people that help me decide which ones I should read and endorse.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Unless people feel that they are accepted and that they have a right to express their feelings without fear of embarrassment or ridicule, all they will do is react and rebel and struggle for their identity.”

Unless people feel that they are accepted and that they have a right to express their feelings without fear of embarrassment or ridicule, all they will do is react and rebel and struggle for their identity.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Our behavior is governed by principles. Living in harmony with them brings positive consequences; violating them brings negative consequences.”

Our behavior is governed by principles. Living in harmony with them brings positive consequences; violating them brings negative consequences.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.”

Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s not what people do to us that hurts us. In the most fundamental sense, it is our chosen response to what they do to us that hurts us.”

It’s not what people do to us that hurts us. In the most fundamental sense, it is our chosen response to what they do to us that hurts us.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The only way we can handle change around us is to know what is changeless about ourselves.”

The only way we can handle change around us is to know what is changeless about ourselves.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles are the simplicity on the far side of complexity.”

Principles are the simplicity on the far side of complexity.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Consult the wisdom of your heart as well as your mind.”

Consult the wisdom of your heart as well as your mind.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When I started teaching I realized that I had never had such a level of satisfaction and such a feeling of fulfillment and sense of contribution. Just like that. But, usually it’s more cumulative, slow, evolutionary and less revolutionary.”

When I started teaching I realized that I had never had such a level of satisfaction and such a feeling of fulfillment and sense of contribution. Just like that. But, usually it’s more cumulative, slow, evolutionary and less revolutionary.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them.”

Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.”

We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Every person in the organization must change inside their hearts and minds, so that they themselves become principle centred.”

Every person in the organization must change inside their hearts and minds, so that they themselves become principle centred.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It comes from within.”

It comes from within.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principle-centered people are constantly educated by their experiences.”

Principle-centered people are constantly educated by their experiences.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Only 20 percent of employees working in large organizations surveyed feel their strengths are in play every day. Thus, eight our of ten employees surveyed feel somewhat miscast in their role.”

Only 20 percent of employees working in large organizations surveyed feel their strengths are in play every day. Thus, eight our of ten employees surveyed feel somewhat miscast in their role.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself.”

To judge individuals before understanding them is a form of human rejection and feeds upon itself.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Want to improve your relationships? See love as a verb rather than as a feeling?”

Want to improve your relationships? See love as a verb rather than as a feeling?

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “One of the best ways to educate our hearts is to look at our interaction with other people, because our relationships with others are fundamentally a reflection of our relationship with ourselves.”

One of the best ways to educate our hearts is to look at our interaction with other people, because our relationships with others are fundamentally a reflection of our relationship with ourselves.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you say to one flower, ‘Grow,’ but you water another, the first one won’t grow.”

If you say to one flower, ‘Grow,’ but you water another, the first one won’t grow.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Perhaps a sense of possessing needs to come to come before a sense of genuine sharing.”

Perhaps a sense of possessing needs to come to come before a sense of genuine sharing.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I believe that there are parts to human nature that cannot be reached by either legislation or education, but require the power of God to deal with.”

I believe that there are parts to human nature that cannot be reached by either legislation or education, but require the power of God to deal with.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I try to exercise regularly every day, if I can. It renews you and it gives you more balance in your life. This is a key leverage point.”

I try to exercise regularly every day, if I can. It renews you and it gives you more balance in your life. This is a key leverage point.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When you make a commitment to yourself, do so with the clear understanding that you’re pledging your integrity.”

When you make a commitment to yourself, do so with the clear understanding that you’re pledging your integrity.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The great contributors in life are those who, though afraid of the knock at the door, still answer it.”

The great contributors in life are those who, though afraid of the knock at the door, still answer it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You will never be able to truly step inside another person, to see the world as he sees it, until you develop the pure desire, the strength of personal character, and the positive Emotional Bank Account, as well as the empathetic listening skills to do it.”

You will never be able to truly step inside another person, to see the world as he sees it, until you develop the pure desire, the strength of personal character, and the positive Emotional Bank Account, as well as the empathetic listening skills to do it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”

Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we spend most of our time concerned about things we cannot truly directly influence, what we can influence will be reduced. If we spend our energies on those things over which we can expect positive results, we will expand our influence.”

If we spend most of our time concerned about things we cannot truly directly influence, what we can influence will be reduced. If we spend our energies on those things over which we can expect positive results, we will expand our influence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Vital to quality of life is the ability to work together, learn from each other, and help each other grow.”

Vital to quality of life is the ability to work together, learn from each other, and help each other grow.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy man.”

If you want to get something done, give it to a busy man.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “He who has a why can deal with any what or how.”

He who has a why can deal with any what or how.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The commitments we make to ourselves and to others, and our integrity to those commitments, is the essence and clearest manifestation of our proactivity.”

The commitments we make to ourselves and to others, and our integrity to those commitments, is the essence and clearest manifestation of our proactivity.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging change in human history.”

The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging change in human history.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s not only a matter of when to do things, but whether or not to do them at all.”

It’s not only a matter of when to do things, but whether or not to do them at all.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we do not teach our children, societ will. And they-and we-will live with the results.”

If we do not teach our children, societ will. And they-and we-will live with the results.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the effectiveness, happiness and trust-based relationships.”

Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the effectiveness, happiness and trust-based relationships.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Peace of counscious is greater than peace of mind. Peace of mind is more externally oriented. Peace of consciousness is when you know you have been honest in all your business dealings.”

Peace of counscious is greater than peace of mind. Peace of mind is more externally oriented. Peace of consciousness is when you know you have been honest in all your business dealings.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “By centering our lives on correct principles and creating a balanced focus between doing and increasing our ability to do, we become empowered to the task of creating effective useful and peaceful lives.”

By centering our lives on correct principles and creating a balanced focus between doing and increasing our ability to do, we become empowered to the task of creating effective useful and peaceful lives.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to the many is often the one; it is how you regard and talk about the one in that one’s absence or presence that communicates to the many how you would regard and talk about them in their presence or absence.”

The key to the many is often the one; it is how you regard and talk about the one in that one’s absence or presence that communicates to the many how you would regard and talk about them in their presence or absence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As you begin to think more in terms of importance, you begin to see time differently.”

As you begin to think more in terms of importance, you begin to see time differently.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Your economic security does not lie in your job; it lies in your own power to produce – to think, to learn, to create, to adapt. That’s true financial independence. It’s not having wealth; it’s having the power to produce wealth.”

Your economic security does not lie in your job; it lies in your own power to produce – to think, to learn, to create, to adapt. That’s true financial independence. It’s not having wealth; it’s having the power to produce wealth.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Effective leadership is the only competitive advantage that will endure. That’s because leadership has two sides- what a person is character and what a person does- competence.”

Effective leadership is the only competitive advantage that will endure. That’s because leadership has two sides- what a person is character and what a person does- competence.

— Stephen R. Covey

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