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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: “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: “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: “Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.”

Management works in the system; leadership works on the system.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “True independence of character empowers us to act rather than be acted upon.”

True independence of character empowers us to act rather than be acted upon.

— 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: “Anything less then a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.”

Anything less then a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.

— Stephen R. Covey


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: “Principles are the territory. Values are maps.”

Principles are the territory. Values are maps.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The process of building trust is an interesting one, but it begins with yourself, with what I call self trust, and with your own credibility, your own trustworthiness. If you think about it, it’s hard to establish trust with others if you can’t trust yourself.”

The process of building trust is an interesting one, but it begins with yourself, with what I call self trust, and with your own credibility, your own trustworthiness. If you think about it, it’s hard to establish trust with others if you can’t trust yourself.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is the glue that holds everything together. It creates the environment in which all of the other elements win-win stewardship agreements, self-directing individuals and teams, aligned structures and systems, and accountability can flourish.”

Trust is the glue that holds everything together. It creates the environment in which all of the other elements win-win stewardship agreements, self-directing individuals and teams, aligned structures and systems, and accountability can flourish.

— 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: “This is the single most powerful investment we can ever make in life – investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute.”

This is the single most powerful investment we can ever make in life – investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute.

— 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: “It takes courage to realize that you are greater than your moods, greater than your thoughts, and that you can control your moods and thoughts.”

It takes courage to realize that you are greater than your moods, greater than your thoughts, and that you can control your moods and thoughts.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Perhaps the most important vision of all is develop a sense of self, a sense of your own destiny, a sense of unique mission and role in life.”

Perhaps the most important vision of all is develop a sense of self, a sense of your own destiny, a sense of unique mission and role in life.

— 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 key to motivation is motive. It’s the why. It’s the deeper yes! burning inside that makes it easier to say no to the less important.”

The key to motivation is motive. It’s the why. It’s the deeper yes! burning inside that makes it easier to say no to the less important.

— 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: “Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before hey actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.”

Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before hey actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.

— 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: “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: “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 ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.”

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can say you love someone – but unless you demonstrate that love through your actions, your words become meaningless.”

You can say you love someone – but unless you demonstrate that love through your actions, your words become meaningless.

— 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: “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: “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: “Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her.”

Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her.

— 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: “Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.”

Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Treat them all the same by treating them differently.”

Treat them all the same by treating them differently.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “The first job of a leader-at work or at home-is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.”

The first job of a leader-at work or at home-is to inspire trust. It’s to bring out the best in people by entrusting them with meaningful stewardships, and to create an environment in which high-trust interaction inspires creativity and possibility.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together.”

Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people.”

Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Be sure that, as you scramble up the ladder of success, it is leaning against the right building.”

Be sure that, as you scramble up the ladder of success, it is leaning against the right building.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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

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