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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


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “You will never be able to truly step inside another person, to see the world as he sees it, until you develop the pure desire, the strength of personal character, and the positive Emotional Bank Account, as well as the empathetic listening skills to do it.”

You will never be able to truly step inside another person, to see the world as he sees it, until you develop the pure desire, the strength of personal character, and the positive Emotional Bank Account, as well as the empathetic listening skills to do it.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we do not teach our children, societ will. And they-and we-will live with the results.”

If we do not teach our children, societ will. And they-and we-will live with the results.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Peace of counscious is greater than peace of mind. Peace of mind is more externally oriented. Peace of consciousness is when you know you have been honest in all your business dealings.”

Peace of counscious is greater than peace of mind. Peace of mind is more externally oriented. Peace of consciousness is when you know you have been honest in all your business dealings.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them.”

Improve relationships with others by assuming that they can hear everything you say about them.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “As you begin to think more in terms of importance, you begin to see time differently.”

As you begin to think more in terms of importance, you begin to see time differently.

— 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: “If you don’t choose to do it in leadership time up front, you do it in crisis management time down the road.”

If you don’t choose to do it in leadership time up front, you do it in crisis management time down the road.

— 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: “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: “Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft, illusive quality that you either have or you don’t; rather, trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create.”

Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft, illusive quality that you either have or you don’t; rather, trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Reducing children to a test score is the worst form of identity theft we could commit in schools.”

Reducing children to a test score is the worst form of identity theft we could commit in schools.

— 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: “Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.”

Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual.”

The roots of the problems we face in the world, in our national life, and in our family and personal lives are spiritual.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In many situations involving service recovery – the problem itself became the catalyst for the creation of even greater trust as the companies took the issues head-on and worked through the difficult problem in a way that restored confidence.”

In many situations involving service recovery – the problem itself became the catalyst for the creation of even greater trust as the companies took the issues head-on and worked through the difficult problem in a way that restored confidence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Begin each day with the blueprint of my deepest values FIRMLY in mind then when challenges come, make decisions BASED on those values.”

Begin each day with the blueprint of my deepest values FIRMLY in mind then when challenges come, make decisions BASED on those values.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.”

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.”

We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Leadership without mutual trust is a contradiction in terms.”

Leadership without mutual trust is a contradiction in terms.

— 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: “It’s not what people do to us that hurts us. In the most fundamental sense, it is our chosen response to what they do to us that hurts us.”

It’s not what people do to us that hurts us. In the most fundamental sense, it is our chosen response to what they do to us that hurts us.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Effective leadership is the only competitive advantage that will endure. That’s because leadership has two sides- what a person is character and what a person does- competence.”

Effective leadership is the only competitive advantage that will endure. That’s because leadership has two sides- what a person is character and what a person does- competence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “It is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.”

It is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If we overcome the pull and “get up and get at it,” we will have won a victory. We have kept our own resolve. We can then move to other things, for by small means great things are accomplished. Thus, even this one small step is also in another sense a giant leap.”

If we overcome the pull and “get up and get at it,” we will have won a victory. We have kept our own resolve. We can then move to other things, for by small means great things are accomplished. Thus, even this one small step is also in another sense a giant leap.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Success comes from the ability to view each arising problem as an opportunity for self improvement.”

Success comes from the ability to view each arising problem as an opportunity for self improvement.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to the 99 is the one. Or, put another way, the key to the group is the one individual. Think about the one, talk to the one, regard the one, serve the one. If you are sincere and constant, you will discover that gradually your influence with the many will be magnified.”

The key to the 99 is the one. Or, put another way, the key to the group is the one individual. Think about the one, talk to the one, regard the one, serve the one. If you are sincere and constant, you will discover that gradually your influence with the many will be magnified.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you don’t let a teacher know what level you are – by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance – you will not learn or grow.”

If you don’t let a teacher know what level you are – by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance – you will not learn or grow.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “The key to the many is often the one; it is how you regard and talk about the one in that one’s absence or presence that communicates to the many how you would regard and talk about them in their presence or absence.”

The key to the many is often the one; it is how you regard and talk about the one in that one’s absence or presence that communicates to the many how you would regard and talk about them in their presence or absence.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “What difference would a clear vision of my principles, values, and ultimate objectives make in the way I spend my time?”

What difference would a clear vision of my principles, values, and ultimate objectives make in the way I spend my time?

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances to shape our lives by default.”

In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self-awareness and become responsible for first creations, we empower other people and circumstances to shape our lives by default.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “If you say to one flower, ‘Grow,’ but you water another, the first one won’t grow.”

If you say to one flower, ‘Grow,’ but you water another, the first one won’t grow.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Actually I did not invent the seven habits, they are universal principles and most of what I wrote about is just common sense. I am embarrassed when people talk about the Covey Habits, and dislike the idea of being some sort of guru.”

Actually I did not invent the seven habits, they are universal principles and most of what I wrote about is just common sense. I am embarrassed when people talk about the Covey Habits, and dislike the idea of being some sort of guru.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “Strategy is important, but trust is the hidden variable. On paper you can have clarity around your objectives, but in a low-trust environment, your strategy won’t be executed.”

Strategy is important, but trust is the hidden variable. On paper you can have clarity around your objectives, but in a low-trust environment, your strategy won’t be executed.

— 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: “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: “We do make a difference – one way or the other. We are responsible for the impact of our lives. Whatever we do with whatever we have, we leave behind us a legacy for those who follow.”

We do make a difference – one way or the other. We are responsible for the impact of our lives. Whatever we do with whatever we have, we leave behind us a legacy for those who follow.

— 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: “Real excellence does not come cheaply. A certain price must be paid in terms of practice, patience, and persistence – natural ability notwithstanding.”

Real excellence does not come cheaply. A certain price must be paid in terms of practice, patience, and persistence – natural ability notwithstanding.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When our honor becomes greater than our moods, that is where transformation happens.”

When our honor becomes greater than our moods, that is where transformation happens.

— Stephen R. Covey


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: “Principles are the basis for developing a vision and value system for all.”

Principles are the basis for developing a vision and value system for all.

— 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: “We all go through stages. Concerns about appearances, making good impressions, being popular, comparing yourself to others, having unbridled ambition, wanting to make money, striving to be recognized and noticed and trying to establish yourself, all fade as your responsibilities and character grow.”

We all go through stages. Concerns about appearances, making good impressions, being popular, comparing yourself to others, having unbridled ambition, wanting to make money, striving to be recognized and noticed and trying to establish yourself, all fade as your responsibilities and character grow.

— 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: “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: “When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.”

When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.

— 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

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