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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 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: “He who has a why can deal with any what or how.”

He who has a why can deal with any what or how.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “By centering our lives on correct principles and creating a balanced focus between doing and increasing our ability to do, we become empowered to the task of creating effective useful and peaceful lives.”

By centering our lives on correct principles and creating a balanced focus between doing and increasing our ability to do, we become empowered to the task of creating effective useful and peaceful lives.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Quadrant II activities have that kind of impact. Our effectiveness takes quantum leaps when we do them.”

What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Quadrant II activities have that kind of impact. Our effectiveness takes quantum leaps when we do them.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.”

See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “When we say that leadership is a choice, it basically means you can choose the level of initiative you want to exercise in response to the question, ‘What is the best I can do under the given circumstances?’”

When we say that leadership is a choice, it basically means you can choose the level of initiative you want to exercise in response to the question, ‘What is the best I can do under the given circumstances?’

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “The reflection of the current social paradigm tells us we are largely determined by conditioning and conditions.”

The reflection of the current social paradigm tells us we are largely determined by conditioning and conditions.

— Stephen R. Covey


Stephen R. Covey Quote: “How you treat the one reveals how you regard the many, because everyone is ultimately a one.”

How you treat the one reveals how you regard the many, because everyone is ultimately a one.

— 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: “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: “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: “The real beginning of influence comes as others sense you are being influenced by them – when they feel understood by you – that you have listened deeply and sincerely, and that you are open.”

The real beginning of influence comes as others sense you are being influenced by them – when they feel understood by you – that you have listened deeply and sincerely, and that you are open.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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

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