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The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey [Hardcover]

Stephen R. Covey
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Book Description

Nov. 13 2012
Stephen R. Covey passed away in July 2012, leaving behind an unmatched legacy with his teachings about leadership, time management, effectiveness, success, and even love and family. A multimillion-copy bestselling author of self-help and business classics, Dr. Covey strove to help readers recognize the key elements that would lead them to personal and professional effectiveness. His seminal work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, transformed the way people act on their problems with a compelling, logical, and well-defined process. Indeed, many of the habits have been assimilated into everyday thinking and everyday conversation. For example, the expressions “win/win” and “first things first,” to name a few, have been incorporated into almost every business culture around the world.

The Wisdom and Teachings of Stephen R. Covey is a compilation of Dr. Covey’s most insightful, inspiring teachings and sayings. His profound influence spread beyond businesses and individuals and was even integrated into governments, school systems, and many other institutions with great success. This book covers his most impactful topics: time management, success, leadership—including principle-centered leadership— all of the 7 Habits, love, and family. This powerful collection is a lasting tribute to the inspirational luminary that so many will miss.

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Selected Wisdom from Stephen R. Covey:

“How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.”

“Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.”

“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, ‘I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,’ that person cannot say, ‘I choose otherwise.’”

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” “To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”

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Recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than 25 million copies in thirty-eight languages, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm.

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INTRODUCTION

This book contains the crystallized wisdom of one of the great teachers of our time, Dr. Stephen R. Covey.

As a young man, Dr. Covey was expected to to work in his family hotel business, but that wasn’t the path for him. He wanted to make a different contribution—to be a teacher, to dedicate his life to unleashing human potential. “Every human being is precious,” he wrote, “endowed with enormous, almost infinite potential and capacity.”

To that end he studied at Harvard graduate school, became a university professor, and then widened his circle of influence as a consultant to business and government leaders. With the 1989 publication of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, considered by many the most influential book of our time, Dr. Covey had—and continues to have—worldwide impact. This book and his others can be found in home and office libraries literally around the globe.

Not only his teaching but his life reminds us of the power of enduring principles. He was not interested in riding fads or pandering for publicity. His passion was to articulate and teach the unchanging, immutable, and ageless truths of life—truths that apply equally well to professional success and to deep personal satisfaction. He also lived by those truths, as countless friends, family members, and students of Dr. Covey will attest.

Arranged under the decisive principles of life—such as integrity, life balance, vision, and love—the stories and quotations in this book teach those principles in accessible, gemlike form.

Although Dr. Covey has passed from us, we will always have the benefit of his timeless teachings—that truth is truth and is self-evident, that you can’t live without principle and expect the universe to accommodate you, and that your life is a precious one that you can waste in mediocrity or invest in greatness.

—The Covey Family

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I would recomend this to anyone interested in self improvement and/or getting more satisfaction out of life, family and work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Feb. 11 2013
By Daniel Guerrette - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found that the wisdom and teachings taken out of context of their books was, for me, ineffectual. A list of good things and a list of things that were hard to envision out of context.

Although I would recommend all of S. Covey's books, I would not recommend this one to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of Dr. Covey's work Dec 12 2013
By John B. Spence - Published on Amazon.com
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Great recap of a lot of Steven's best ideas. Fun to read, inspirational and all good reminders. Definitely worth reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok finally read this. Jan. 9 2013
By Finni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
And not sorry that I did. So helpful to read the quotes that Mr. Covey thought were important and to give them consideration. I have this on my kindle and am glad it is in my library. Pick a page, any page and think about what you read. You will be glad you did, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic set of his greatest writings but very short Jan. 5 2013
By Robert Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The world lost one of it's leading figures in self improvement last year and this book is a very good set of his best sentences, paragraphs and thoughts. I thought it was put together well but it was very, very short. The book is only about 150 pages and quite frankly with all the filler pages and black spaces it could have been squeezed in 100 pages. It's still valuable but this book could have been much longer. Any fan of Covey will appreciate the book but it's length and substance will leave you a bit surprised.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of timeless teachings Dec 31 2012
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Wisdom & Teachings of Stephen R. Covey is a cool collection of quotes and stories taken not only from his various books but also from speaking engagements, articles, interviews or other materials. The books is divided into chapters focusing on a key principle or segment of life such as Integrity, Leadership, Proactivity, etc.

For those who have previously read any of Dr. Covey's work you will find yourself immediately reminded of the core principles and insights that his works teach. I found myself recognizing a number of the quotes from my readings of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and others. There are a lot of his works that I haven't read and I found quotes and stories from those books ringing just as true and poignant as those I already knew.

For those who haven't read any of Dr. Covey's books or aren't familiar with his work you will likely find familiar advice resonating with you. In some cases this may be due to the fact that many of his principles and teachings have engrained themselves into society. In other cases the seeming familiarity will come because of the simple truthfulness and straightforward nature of the teachings. Sometimes the best advice is the advice that you already knew but didn't realize you knew or didn't know how to articulate.

This book is a wonderful wealth of great teachings and inspiring motivation and thoughts. It would be impossible to boil down all of the great lessons, stories and thoughts from Dr. Covey into a single book but this book comes pretty close and is a great resource for wonderful advice and inspiring thoughts to help make your life better in many ways. This would certainly be a great introduction to Stephen R. Covey for those who don't know his material already and for those who do, this book is a quick batch of well organized notes and snippets of some of his most poignant teachings.

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