Stephen Covey: Tributes to Top Motivational Speakers
Stephen Covey believes that every person can control their own destiny and he guides people to do just that. Covey is not just a personal development coach, but also a teacher, expert on family dynamics, author and organizational consultant. Today, Stephen Covey lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife, Sandra, and their nine children.
Steven Richards Covey was born on October 24th, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Covey completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah, receiving his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Covey graduated from Harvard with an Masters of Business Administration and went on to receive his doctorate from Brigham Young University. He has been awarded ten honorary doctorate degrees since. Covey has also taught as a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, which is part of the Utah State University, his alma mater. He is also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity.
Stephen Covey has sold more than 20 million books in 38 different languages. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has been considered the most influential piece of business literature of the century. In 2008, Covey released the book The 8th Habit as a sequel to 7 Habits. Three of his other popular books are Principle-Centered Leadership, First Things First and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. All three books have sold over one million copies seen being published.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was first published in 1989. When the audio book was released, it was the first ever non-fiction audio book in the United States to sell over a million copies. In 7 Habits, Covey suggests setting up your personal values against the timeless principles of the universe. Covey feels that principles are subjective laws of nature instead of personal choices. His most popular book outlines a progression of habits for readers to master.
Stephen Covey has a unique speaking style that resonates well with his followers. He speaks in an inspiring and compassionate way to address issues that are brand new to participants. Covey understands that while his principles are not new to him, they are new and different to the people he speaks with.
Stephen Covey was listed in Time Magazine as one of the top 25 influential Americans. He has also received the National Fatherhood Award, the International Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the International Man of Peace Award. Today, Covey is on the Points of Lights Foundations’ board of directors. Since 2008, Covey has had the Stephen Covey Online Community, which combines online courses with social networking. His online community serves as a platform for Covey to share his most recent ideas and outlooks on leadership and goal management.
Stephen Covey is both the Vice Chairman and co-founder of FranklinCovey. FranklinCovey is a professional services company with offices in more than 120 countries. The FranklinCovey company trains business professionals, both teams and individual people. The consultants at FranklinCovey help professionals get results by focusing on specific approaches. Professionals can also gain their Certification in order to become a FranklinCovey consultant.