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Stephen R. Covey Quote: “While you can think in terms of efficiency in dealing with time, a principle-centered person thinks in terms of effectiveness in dealing with people.”

While you can think in terms of efficiency in dealing with time, a principle-centered person thinks in terms of effectiveness in dealing with people.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “An empowering mission statement has to become a living document, part of our very nature, so that the criteria we’ve put into it are also in us, in the way we live our lives day by day.”

An empowering mission statement has to become a living document, part of our very nature, so that the criteria we’ve put into it are also in us, in the way we live our lives day by day.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The exercise of true leadership is inversely proportional to the exercise of power.”

The exercise of true leadership is inversely proportional to the exercise of power.

— 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: “Whether you’re on a sports team, in an office or a member of a family, if you can’t trust one another there’s going to be trouble.”

Whether you’re on a sports team, in an office or a member of a family, if you can’t trust one another there’s going to be trouble.

— 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: “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: “Distinguish between the person and the behavior or performance.”

Distinguish between the person and the behavior or performance.

— 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: “The great apparent dichotomy is that the more we give, the more we get.”

The great apparent dichotomy is that the more we give, the more we get.

— Stephen R. Covey



Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You are dependent if you allow the weaknesses of other people to ruin your emotional life!”

You are dependent if you allow the weaknesses of other people to ruin your emotional life!

— 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: “Studies have identified a significant ‘skills gap’ between what students are currently being taught and the skills employers are seeking in today’s global economy. Our children must be better prepared than they are now to meet the future challenges of our ever-changing world.”

Studies have identified a significant ‘skills gap’ between what students are currently being taught and the skills employers are seeking in today’s global economy. Our children must be better prepared than they are now to meet the future challenges of our ever-changing world.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Affirm people. Affirm your children. Believe in them, not in what you see but in what you don’t see – their potential.”

Affirm people. Affirm your children. Believe in them, not in what you see but in what you don’t see – their potential.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Management is formal authority given from above. Leadership is moral authority given from below and all around.”

Management is formal authority given from above. Leadership is moral authority given from below and all around.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to acting with integrity is to simply stop playing the game.”

The key to acting with integrity is to simply stop playing the game.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Every time I see high-trust cultures, I see a lessening of adversarialism.”

Every time I see high-trust cultures, I see a lessening of adversarialism.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Before a performance, a sales presentation, a difficult confrontation, or the daily challenge of meeting a goal, see it clearly, vividly, relentlessly, over and over again. Create an internal “comfort zone”. Then, when you get into the situation, it isn’t foreign. It doesn’t scare you.”

Before a performance, a sales presentation, a difficult confrontation, or the daily challenge of meeting a goal, see it clearly, vividly, relentlessly, over and over again. Create an internal “comfort zone”. Then, when you get into the situation, it isn’t foreign. It doesn’t scare you.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As we create synergy among the roles of our lives, there’s more of us to put into the time we have.”

As we create synergy among the roles of our lives, there’s more of us to put into the time we have.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “But with the steady disintegration of the family in modern society over the last century, the role of the school in bridging the gap has become vital!”

But with the steady disintegration of the family in modern society over the last century, the role of the school in bridging the gap has become vital!

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Conscience connects us with the wisdom of the ages and the wisdom of the heart.”

Conscience connects us with the wisdom of the ages and the wisdom of the heart.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Without trust, the best we can do is compromise.”

Without trust, the best we can do is compromise.

— 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: “Attending church does not necessarily mean living the principles taught in those meeting. You can be active in a church but inactive in its gospel.”

Attending church does not necessarily mean living the principles taught in those meeting. You can be active in a church but inactive in its gospel.

— 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: “Brands need to reinvent themselves from time to time to stay relevant.”

Brands need to reinvent themselves from time to time to stay relevant.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We exhaust ourselves more from the tension and the consequences of internal disharmony than from hard, unremitting work.”

We exhaust ourselves more from the tension and the consequences of internal disharmony than from hard, unremitting work.

— 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: “Whether or not we belong to a church or service organization or have a job that provides meaningful service opportunities, not a day goes by that we can’t at least serve one other human being by making deposits of unconditional love.”

Whether or not we belong to a church or service organization or have a job that provides meaningful service opportunities, not a day goes by that we can’t at least serve one other human being by making deposits of unconditional love.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Most people think of leadership as a position and therefore don’t see themselves as leaders.”

Most people think of leadership as a position and therefore don’t see themselves as leaders.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When air is charged with emotions, an attempt to teach is often perceived as a form of judgment and rejection.”

When air is charged with emotions, an attempt to teach is often perceived as a form of judgment and rejection.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “My temptation is emotional, and resisting will further my needed weight loss and strengthen my character. Furthermore, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.”

My temptation is emotional, and resisting will further my needed weight loss and strengthen my character. Furthermore, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The problems in life come when we’re sowing one thing and expecting to reap something entirely different.”

The problems in life come when we’re sowing one thing and expecting to reap something entirely different.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When your happiness comes primarily from the happiness of others, you know you have moved from a ‘me’ experience to a ‘we’ experience. And the whole problem-solving and opportunity-seizing process changes.”

When your happiness comes primarily from the happiness of others, you know you have moved from a ‘me’ experience to a ‘we’ experience. And the whole problem-solving and opportunity-seizing process changes.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It’s a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting and would like to do more in this field.”

It’s a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books. I find new technology and new ways of communication very exciting and would like to do more in this field.

— 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: “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: “The heart and soul of loving yourself is integrity and the peace of conscience it inspires.”

The heart and soul of loving yourself is integrity and the peace of conscience it inspires.

— 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: “Trust is central to an economy that works.”

Trust is central to an economy that works.

— 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: “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

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