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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won’t necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one.”

Above all, success in business requires two things: a winning competitive strategy, and superb organizational execution. Distrust is the enemy of both. I submit that while high trust won’t necessarily rescue a poor strategy, low trust will almost always derail a good one.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.”

One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.

— 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: “The way we see things is the source of the way we think or the way we act.”

The way we see things is the source of the way we think or the way we act.

— 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: “If we want to make relatively minor changes in our lives, we can perhaps appropriately focus on our attitudes and behaviors. But if we want to make significant, quantum change, we need to work on our basic paradigms.”

If we want to make relatively minor changes in our lives, we can perhaps appropriately focus on our attitudes and behaviors. But if we want to make significant, quantum change, we need to work on our basic paradigms.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others.”

A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective.”

It is possible to be busy-very busy-without being very effective.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings.”

My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We accomplish all that we do through delegation – either to time or to other people.”

We accomplish all that we do through delegation – either to time or to other people.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.”

Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don’t pay the price day in and day out, you’ll never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind.”

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don’t pay the price day in and day out, you’ll never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We value the clock for its speed and efficiency. The clock has its place, efficiency has its place, after effectiveness. The symbol of effectiveness is the compass a sense of direction, purpose, vision, perspective, and balance. But the empowerment process itself is not efficient.”

We value the clock for its speed and efficiency. The clock has its place, efficiency has its place, after effectiveness. The symbol of effectiveness is the compass a sense of direction, purpose, vision, perspective, and balance. But the empowerment process itself is not efficient.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Anyone can count the seeds of an apple. Who can count the apples in a seed?”

Anyone can count the seeds of an apple. Who can count the apples in a seed?

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.”

Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Spiritual Intelligence represents our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite.”

Spiritual Intelligence represents our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. There are people we trust because we know their character. Whether they’re eloquent or not, whether they have human-relations techniques or not, we trust them and work with them.”

What we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do. There are people we trust because we know their character. Whether they’re eloquent or not, whether they have human-relations techniques or not, we trust them and work with them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “None of us see the world as it is but as we are, as our frames of reference, or maps, define the territory.”

None of us see the world as it is but as we are, as our frames of reference, or maps, define the territory.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We can never really change someone; people must change themselves.”

We can never really change someone; people must change themselves.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Humility is the mother of all virtues. Humility says we are not in control, principles are in control, therefore we submit ourselves to principles. Pride says that we are in control, and since our values govern our behavior, we can simply do life our way.”

Humility is the mother of all virtues. Humility says we are not in control, principles are in control, therefore we submit ourselves to principles. Pride says that we are in control, and since our values govern our behavior, we can simply do life our way.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Link yourself to your potential, not to your past.”

Link yourself to your potential, not to your past.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people’s definition of you.”

We hear a lot about identity theft when someone takes your wallet and pretends to be you and uses your credit cards. But the more serious identity theft is to get swallowed up in other people’s definition of you.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.”

The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Keep in mind that you are always saying “no” to something. If it isn’t to the apparent and urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things.”

Keep in mind that you are always saying “no” to something. If it isn’t to the apparent and urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Whenever you experience stress of any kind, look into yourself and ask, In what way am I compromising my innermost values in this situation?”

Whenever you experience stress of any kind, look into yourself and ask, In what way am I compromising my innermost values in this situation?

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth.”

A life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles don’t die. They aren’t here one day and gone the next. They can’t be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft. Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths.”

Principles don’t die. They aren’t here one day and gone the next. They can’t be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft. Principles are deep, fundamental truths, classic truths.

— 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: “Every exaggeration of the truth once detected by others destroys our credibility and makes all that we do and say suspect.”

Every exaggeration of the truth once detected by others destroys our credibility and makes all that we do and say suspect.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.”

You can retire from a job, but don’t ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Be governed by your internal compass, not by some clock on the wall.”

Be governed by your internal compass, not by some clock on the wall.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We must not let the actions or words of others determine our responses. Magnanimous people make the choice to respond to the indignities of others based upon their own principles and their own value system rather than their moods or anger.”

We must not let the actions or words of others determine our responses. Magnanimous people make the choice to respond to the indignities of others based upon their own principles and their own value system rather than their moods or anger.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is clearly a key competency. A competency or skill that can be learned, taught, and improved and one that talent can be screened for.”

Trust is clearly a key competency. A competency or skill that can be learned, taught, and improved and one that talent can be screened for.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Whether we are aware of it or not, whether we are in control of it or not, there is a first creation to every part of our lives. We are either the second creation of our own proactive design, or we are the second creation of other people’s agendas, of circumstances, or of past habits.”

Whether we are aware of it or not, whether we are in control of it or not, there is a first creation to every part of our lives. We are either the second creation of our own proactive design, or we are the second creation of other people’s agendas, of circumstances, or of past habits.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most learning is social, or what I call the cultural DNA. Everyone knows that word of mouth advertising is the best advertising. That’s social learning.”

Most learning is social, or what I call the cultural DNA. Everyone knows that word of mouth advertising is the best advertising. That’s social learning.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When we value correct principles, we have truth – a knowledge of things as they are.”

When we value correct principles, we have truth – a knowledge of things as they are.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A moment of choice is a moment of truth.”

A moment of choice is a moment of truth.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s sometimes a painful process. It’s a change that has to be motivated by a higher purpose, by the willingness to subordinate what you think you want now for what you want later.”

It’s sometimes a painful process. It’s a change that has to be motivated by a higher purpose, by the willingness to subordinate what you think you want now for what you want later.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “There is so much we can do to render service, to make a difference in the world – no matter how large or small our circle of influence.”

There is so much we can do to render service, to make a difference in the world – no matter how large or small our circle of influence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You basically get what you reward. If you want to achieve the goals and reflect the values in your mission statement, then you need to align the reward system with these goals and values.”

You basically get what you reward. If you want to achieve the goals and reflect the values in your mission statement, then you need to align the reward system with these goals and values.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.”

Despite all our gains in technology, product innovation and world markets, most people are not thriving in the organizations they work for.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You can’t be successful with other people if you haven’t paid the price of success with yourself.”

You can’t be successful with other people if you haven’t paid the price of success with yourself.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you don’t know yourself, if you don’t control yourself, if you don’t have mastery over yourself, it’s very hard to like yourself, except in some short-term, psych-up, superficial way.”

If you don’t know yourself, if you don’t control yourself, if you don’t have mastery over yourself, it’s very hard to like yourself, except in some short-term, psych-up, superficial way.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Always surround yourself with people who are even more talented and competent than you.”

Always surround yourself with people who are even more talented and competent than you.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations.”

An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Live the law of love. We encourage obedience to the laws of life when we live the laws of love.”

Live the law of love. We encourage obedience to the laws of life when we live the laws of love.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s better to be trusted than to be liked.”

It’s better to be trusted than to be liked.

— 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: “There are principles that govern human effectiveness – natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably there as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.”

There are principles that govern human effectiveness – natural laws in the human dimension that are just as real, just as unchanging and unarguably there as laws such as gravity are in the physical dimension.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “How many on their deathbeds wished they’d spent more time at the office – or watching TV? The answer is, No one.”

How many on their deathbeds wished they’d spent more time at the office – or watching TV? The answer is, No one.

— Stephen R. Covey

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