Dr. Stephen R. Covey
ED 530
Theorist Presentation
Summer 2010
Hilary Prego
Background Information
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Born October 24, 1932 in Salt Lake City,
Utah
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Written and sold over 20 million books in 38
languages
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Professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of
Business at Utah State University
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Served as the first president of the Irish
Mission of the Church starting in July 1962
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Background Information
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Board of directors for the Points of Light
Foundations
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Co-founder and vice chairman of
Franklin-Covey organization
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Dedicated his life to showing people how
they can truly control their destiny
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Internationally respected leader, family
expert, teacher, organizational
consultant, and author
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Education
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Holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from
the University of Utah
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Holds a M.B.A. degree from Harvard University
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Holds a Doctor of Religious Education (DRE) in LDS
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
church history from Brigham Young University
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Holds a membership of the Pi Kappa Alpha
International Fraternity
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Milestones
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Launched the Stephen Covey’s Online Community
in March 2008
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named
the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the
Twentieth Century
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Authored four books with sales exceeding one
million copies each
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Latest book, The 8th Habit, has sold nearly 400,000
copies
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Awards and Honors
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Recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans
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International Entrepreneur of the Year Award
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Awarded eight honorary doctorate degrees
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Earned National Fatherhood Award in 2003
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International Man of Peace Award in
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Received Thomas More College Medallion for continuing service to
humanity
Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People
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Habit 1: Be Proactive
– Focus on the things you can actually do something about
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Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
– Begin everything you do with a clear picture of your
ultimate goal
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Habit 3: Put Things First
– Manage your life according to your needs and priorities
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Habit 4: Think Win-Win
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– Integrity: Stick with your true feelings, values, and
commitments
– Maturity: Be considerate of the feelings of others
– Abundance Mentality: Believe there is plenty for everyone
Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People
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Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
– Learn how to communicate clearly and listen to others
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Habit 6: Synergize
– “Two heads are better than one.”
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Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
– Allow yourself to grow by maintaining a balanced
program in the four areas of your life: physical,
social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.
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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People
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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People
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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to
Greatness
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Published in 2004 as a sequel to the 7 Habits of Highly
Effective People
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Essentially urges people to find their voice and inspire
others to find theirs
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"Voice is unique personal significance—significance
that is revealed as we face our greatest challenges
and that makes us equal to them.«
– Dr. Stephen R. Covey, from The 8th Habit: From
Effectiveness to Greatness
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"People who do not live by their conscience will not
experience this internal integrity and peace of mind.«
– Dr. Stephen R. Covey, from The 8th Habit: From
Effectiveness to Greatness
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Quotations by Stephen Covey
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“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.”
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“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate
human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
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“Most people struggle with life balance simply because they haven't
paid the price to decide what is really important to them.”
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“We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to
us in our past. We have the power of choice.”
References
Dr. Stephen R. Covey. Retrieved May 20, 2010 from
https://www.stephencovey.com/.
Stephen Covey Bio. Retrieved May 20, 2010 from
http://www.stephencovey.net/.
Stephen R. Covey Biography. Retrieved May 20, 2010 from
http://www.whitedovebooks.co.uk/7-habits/stephen-covey.html.
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