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Stephen Covey Quotes

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Stephen Covey quotes

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.

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life.

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.

The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.

Want balance in your life? Then sure, get your own act together, but don't forget four powerful disciplines of execution in your team and organization.

There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles.

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

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.

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it's like giving them emotional oxygen.

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 the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.

Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.

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.

The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things.

Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves - who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.