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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: “The human will is an amazing thing. Time after time, it has triumphed against unbelievable odds.”

The human will is an amazing thing. Time after time, it has triumphed against unbelievable odds.

— 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: “Sometimes poor behavior is simply bad execution of good intent.”

Sometimes poor behavior is simply bad execution of good intent.

— 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: “In a very real sense, there are only two roles in organisations: customers and suppliers. Everybody functions simultaneously in both roles, whether inside or outside the organisation the essence of good business, therefore, is the quality of the relationship between customer and supplier.”

In a very real sense, there are only two roles in organisations: customers and suppliers. Everybody functions simultaneously in both roles, whether inside or outside the organisation the essence of good business, therefore, is the quality of the relationship between customer and supplier.

— 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: “People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them.”

People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Independent will is our capacity to act. It gives us the power to transcend our paradigms, to swim upstream, to rewrite our scripts, to act based on principle rather than reacting based on emotion or circumstance.”

Independent will is our capacity to act. It gives us the power to transcend our paradigms, to swim upstream, to rewrite our scripts, to act based on principle rather than reacting based on emotion or circumstance.

— 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: “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 key to motivation is motive.”

The key to motivation is motive.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.”

Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.

— 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: “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: “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 a competency. It’s something you can get good at. It’s a strength you personally, and your team and your company can master. Being good at it will elevate every other strength you have.”

Trust is a competency. It’s something you can get good at. It’s a strength you personally, and your team and your company can master. Being good at it will elevate every other strength you have.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you focus on principles, you empower everyone who understands those principles to act without constant monitoring, evaluating, correcting, or controlling.”

If you focus on principles, you empower everyone who understands those principles to act without constant monitoring, evaluating, correcting, or controlling.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “I think the most significant work we’ll do in our whole life, in our whole world is done within the four walls of our home.”

I think the most significant work we’ll do in our whole life, in our whole world is done within the four walls of our home.

— 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: “Quality relationships are built on principles, especially the principle of trust.”

Quality relationships are built on principles, especially the principle of trust.

— 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: “Don’t cheat people of their growth. Empower them to solve problems and generate ideas. Watch them grow!”

Don’t cheat people of their growth. Empower them to solve problems and generate ideas. Watch them grow!

— 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: “The best way to develop courage is to set a goal and achieve it, make a promise and keep it.”

The best way to develop courage is to set a goal and achieve it, make a promise and keep it.

— 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: “We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.”

We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is the glue in relationships and organizations.”

Trust is the glue in relationships and organizations.

— 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: “When the trust is high, you get the trust dividend. Investors invest in brands people trust. Consumers buy more from companies they trust, they spend more with companies they trust, they recommend companies they trust, and they give companies they trust the benefit of the doubt when things go wrong.”

When the trust is high, you get the trust dividend. Investors invest in brands people trust. Consumers buy more from companies they trust, they spend more with companies they trust, they recommend companies they trust, and they give companies they trust the benefit of the doubt when things go wrong.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Employees are given the chance to help shape their company by participating in a company-wide communications program making suggestions on waste reduction, environmental improvement, customer satisfaction, quality improvement, and safety issues.”

Employees are given the chance to help shape their company by participating in a company-wide communications program making suggestions on waste reduction, environmental improvement, customer satisfaction, quality improvement, and safety issues.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We can’t live without eating, but we don’t live to eat.”

We can’t live without eating, but we don’t live to eat.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we know how to listen to our own heart, we can listen to the hearts of others.”

If we know how to listen to our own heart, we can listen to the hearts of others.

— 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: “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: “People behave more on the basis of how they feel than how they think; unless there are good feelings between people, it is almost impossible to reason intelligently.”

People behave more on the basis of how they feel than how they think; unless there are good feelings between people, it is almost impossible to reason intelligently.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Trust is central to an economy that works.”

Trust is central to an economy that works.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In the long run, you can never accomplish a worthy end with an unworthy means.”

In the long run, you can never accomplish a worthy end with an unworthy means.

— Stephen R. Covey


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: “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: “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: “Everyone has values; even criminal gangs have values. Values govern people’s behavior but principles govern the consequences of those behaviors.”

Everyone has values; even criminal gangs have values. Values govern people’s behavior but principles govern the consequences of those behaviors.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “To set and work toward any goal is an act of courage.”

To set and work toward any goal is an act of courage.

— 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: “Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.”

Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.

— Stephen R. Covey


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

It comes from within.

— 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

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