Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Stephen Covey - World Class Motivational Guru.

Stephen Covey passed away from complications from a bicycle accident on July 16, 2012.

Read all about him from Wikipedia.

Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 - July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman and motivational speaker.

His most popular book was The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People.

His other books include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit and The Leader In Me — How Schools And Parents Around The World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child At A Time.

He was a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School Of Business at Utah State University at the time of his death.

Covey was born to Stephen Glenn Covey and Irene Louise Richards Covey.

Louise was the daughter of Stephen Richards, a counselor in the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).

He was the grandson of Stephen Mack Covey who founded the original Little America (Mormon church) near Granger, Wyoming.

Covey earned a degree in business administration from the University Of Utah, an MBA from Harvard University and a Doctor of Religious Education from Brigham Young University.

He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. He was awarded 10 honorary doctorates.

Covey established the Covey Leadership Centre which in 1997 merged with Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey, a global professional services firm and specialty retailer selling both training and productivity tools to individuals and organisations.

Their mission statement reads: "We enable greatness in people and organisations everywhere".

In March 2008 Covey launched the Stephen Covey Online Community.

The site was a collection of online courses, goal management and social networking.

Covey used it to teach his thoughts and ideas on current topics and self leadership.

In February 2010, Covey became a professor of the Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair In Leadership at the Huntsman School Of Business at Utah State University.

Huntsman and Covey were longtime friends. At USU, he taught courses, performed research and helped to establish the Stephen R. Covey Centre For Leadership.

Covey toured the world and gave lectures. He visited Malaysia in 1997.