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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Remember, technology is a great servant, but a terrible master.”

Remember, technology is a great servant, but a terrible master.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty.”

If there’s one thing that’s certain in business, it’s uncertainty.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values.”

As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to values.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.”

I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is the one thing that affects everything else you’re doing. It’s a performance multiplier which takes your trajectory upwards, for every activity you engage in, from strategy to execution.”

Trust is the one thing that affects everything else you’re doing. It’s a performance multiplier which takes your trajectory upwards, for every activity you engage in, from strategy to execution.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Effective interdependence can only be built on true independence.”

Effective interdependence can only be built on true independence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most people say their main fault is a lack of discipline. On deeper thought, I believe this is not the case. The basic problem is that their priorities have not become deeply planted in their hearts and minds.”

Most people say their main fault is a lack of discipline. On deeper thought, I believe this is not the case. The basic problem is that their priorities have not become deeply planted in their hearts and minds.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged.”

The deepest desire of the human spirit is to be acknowledged.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When we succumb to believing that we are victims of our circumstances and yield to the plight of determinism, we lose hope, we lose drive, and we settle into resignation and stagnation.”

When we succumb to believing that we are victims of our circumstances and yield to the plight of determinism, we lose hope, we lose drive, and we settle into resignation and stagnation.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Will we act upon life, or will we merely be acted upon?”

Will we act upon life, or will we merely be acted upon?

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We’re often so busy cutting through the undergrowth we don’t even realise we’re in the wrong jungle.”

We’re often so busy cutting through the undergrowth we don’t even realise we’re in the wrong jungle.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.”

How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on primary greatness of character.”

If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on primary greatness of character.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Consequences are governed by principles, and behavior is governed by values; therefore, value principles!”

Consequences are governed by principles, and behavior is governed by values; therefore, value principles!

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Courage isn’t absenct of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important.”

Courage isn’t absenct of fear, it is the awareness that something else is important.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.”

The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The fire inside people is like a match; the way to ignite that flame is initially through friction, then other matches are lit through warmth.”

The fire inside people is like a match; the way to ignite that flame is initially through friction, then other matches are lit through warmth.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.”

Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Priority is a function of context.”

Priority is a function of context.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality.”

Independent thinking alone is not suited to interdependent reality.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.”

Doing more things faster is no substitute for doing the right things.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.”

The more people rationalize cheating, the more it becomes a culture of dishonesty. And that can become a vicious, downward cycle. Because suddenly, if everyone else is cheating, you feel a need to cheat, too.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together.”

Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We are product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice, because there is always a space between stimulus and response. As we wisely exercise our power to choose based on principles, the space will become larger.”

We are product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice, because there is always a space between stimulus and response. As we wisely exercise our power to choose based on principles, the space will become larger.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most leaders would agree that they’d be better off having an average strategy with superb execution than a superb strategy with poor execution. Those who execute always have the upper hand.”

Most leaders would agree that they’d be better off having an average strategy with superb execution than a superb strategy with poor execution. Those who execute always have the upper hand.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “By centering our lives on timeless, unchanging principles, we create a fundamental paradigm of effective living. It is the center that puts all other centers in perspective.”

By centering our lives on timeless, unchanging principles, we create a fundamental paradigm of effective living. It is the center that puts all other centers in perspective.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or as we are conditioned to see it.”

Each of us tends to think we see things as they are, that we are objective. But this is not the case. We see the world, not as it is, but as we are – or as we are conditioned to see it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.”

Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “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.”

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.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles are the territory. Values are maps.”

Principles are the territory. Values are maps.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Don’t get buried in the thick of thin things.”

Don’t get buried in the thick of thin things.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Values determine behavior; Principles determine the consequences of behavior.”

Values determine behavior; Principles determine the consequences of behavior.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.”

We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You have two ears and one mouth. Use them accordingly.”

You have two ears and one mouth. Use them accordingly.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Only as we keep an open communication with our deep inner life will we have the wisdom to make effective choices.”

Only as we keep an open communication with our deep inner life will we have the wisdom to make effective choices.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As you care less about what people think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves.”

As you care less about what people think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Technology and tools are useful and powerful when they are your servant and not your master.”

Technology and tools are useful and powerful when they are your servant and not your master.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles are natural laws that are external to us and that ultimately control the consequences of our actions. Values are internal and subjective and represent that which we feel strongest about in guiding our behavior.”

Principles are natural laws that are external to us and that ultimately control the consequences of our actions. Values are internal and subjective and represent that which we feel strongest about in guiding our behavior.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The struggle comes when we sense a gap between the clock and the compass – when what we do doesn’t contribute to what is most important in our lives.”

The struggle comes when we sense a gap between the clock and the compass – when what we do doesn’t contribute to what is most important in our lives.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.”

The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If our feelings control our actions, it is because we have abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.”

If our feelings control our actions, it is because we have abdicated our responsibility and empowered them to do so.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “What does it matter how much we do if what we’re doing isn’t what matters most?”

What does it matter how much we do if what we’re doing isn’t what matters most?

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The first principle of ethical power is Purpose. By purpose, I don’t mean your objective or intention-something toward which you are always striving. Purpose is something bigger. It is the picture you have of yourself-the kind of person you want to be or the kind of life you want to lead.”

The first principle of ethical power is Purpose. By purpose, I don’t mean your objective or intention-something toward which you are always striving. Purpose is something bigger. It is the picture you have of yourself-the kind of person you want to be or the kind of life you want to lead.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Over time, I have come to this simple definition of leadership: Leadership is getting results in a way that inspires trust.”

Over time, I have come to this simple definition of leadership: Leadership is getting results in a way that inspires trust.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air.”

When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The person who is truly effective has the humility and reverence to recognize his own perceptual limitations and to appreciate the rich resources available through interaction with the hearts and minds of other human beings.”

The person who is truly effective has the humility and reverence to recognize his own perceptual limitations and to appreciate the rich resources available through interaction with the hearts and minds of other human beings.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we can’t make and keep commitments to ourselves as well as to others, our commitments become meaningless.”

If we can’t make and keep commitments to ourselves as well as to others, our commitments become meaningless.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Internal victories precede external victories.”

Internal victories precede external victories.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.”

Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love, the verb.”

Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love, the verb.

— Stephen R. Covey

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