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Copyright © 2013 by Franklin Covey Co. All Rights Reserved. Cover and internal design © 2013 by Sourcebooks, Inc. Sourcebooks, the colophon, and Simple Truths are registered trademarks of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems— except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews— without permission in writing from its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc. Editing by: Alice Patenaude Cover and internal design by: Brian Frantz Photo Credits Cover: Khoroshunova Olga/Shutterstock Internals: pages 2-3, ANP/Shutterstock; page 6, kwest/Shutterstock; page 12, Andrey tiyk/Shutterstock; page 18, Krivosheev Vitaly/Shutterstock; page 24, Subbotina Anna/Shutterstock; page 30, elementals/ Shutterstock; page 36: Verkhovynets Taras/Shutterstock; page 42, Hemera/Thinkstock; page 48, iStock/ Thinkstock; page 54, John Wollwerth/Shutterstock; page 60, isarescheewin/Shutterstock; page 66, Standret/Shutterstock; page 72, Viviana74GV/Shutterstock; page 84, Creative Travel Projects/ Shutterstock; pages 90 and 96, Tomas1111/Shutterstock; pages 102 and 108, beerlogoff/Shutterstock Published by Simple Truths, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. P.O. Box 4410, Naperville, Illinois 60567-4410 (630) 961-3900 • Fax: (630) 961-2168 www.sourcebooks.com Printed and bound in the United States of America WOZ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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S TEPHEN R. C OVEY

GreatQ uotes

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LEADERSHIP and LIFE

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Introduction ÒThe key to life is not accumulation. ItÕs contribution.Ó That quote from Stephen R. Covey described how he lived his own life. He was a legendary figureÑan internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and author, whose advice gave insight to millions. As a teenager, a promising athletic career for Stephen was cut short by degeneration in his legs that caused him to use crutches for three years. After serving in Britain as a missionary for his faith, he decided not to enter the family hotel business, but instead dedicated his passion, ability, skills, and leadership to teaching. He more than fulfilled that role, in venues from the classroom to the boardroom. In 1996, Stephen was recognized as one of TIME magazineÕs 25 Most Influential Americans. He is the author of more than a dozen books, but the book which was most influential in the lives of millions was the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. That book sold more than 20 million copies and was named one of the most influential books of the 20th century. In 1983, he made the decision to leave full-time teaching as a university professor at Brigham Young University to establish the Covey Leadership Center, a training and

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consulting firm. The Covey Leadership Center later merged with Franklin Quest to form Franklin Covey Co., a global performance improvement company that now operates in 147 countries throughout the world. From elementary school students to Fortune 100 CEOs and numerous heads of state, Stephen made teaching principle-centered leadership his lifeÕs work. The world lost this extraordinary treasure in 2012 at age 79, when he died as a result of complications from a bicycle accident. I will miss the unique contribution that Stephen brought to the world, but we are lucky to have his writing and his inspiration from which we can draw. StephenÕs personal motto was to “live life in crescendo.” He felt a persistent desire to stretch himself in new directions, drawing upon the wisdom of respected leaders around the world. In Stephen R. CoveyÕs Great Quotes on Leadership and Life, IÕm pleased to share with you many of the quotes from StephenÕs books which he found personally inspiring. As Stephen said in his book, Everyday Greatness, ÒMy desire is that some piece of what you read will provide the nudge you may be seeking to advance you from doing good to doing your best, both today and in your pathways ahead!Ó Enjoy the wisdom from the ages that inspired one of the great men of our age.

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Quotes on Leadership and Business

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So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.

Peter Drucker

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. Warren Bennis

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Quotes on Leadership and Business

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ll organizations are perfectly aligned to get the results they get.

Arthur W. Jones

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he very essence of leadership is that

you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.

Theodore W. Hesburgh

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Quotes on Leadership and Business

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he best way to inspire people to superior performance is to

convince them by everything you do and by your everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.

Harold S. Geneen

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We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes

against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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Quotes on Leadership and Business

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pportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

Ann Landers

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sensible man never embarks on

an enterprise until he can see his way clear to the end of it.

Aesop

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appiness, wealth, and success are by-products

of goal setting; they cannot be the goal themselves.

Denis Waitley 14

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Quotes on Leadership and Business

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he majority of hiring mistakes made every day would be

prevented if the people responsible for the hiring simply did a more effective job of determining exactly what they were looking for before they started to look. Robert Half

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lans are worthless; but planning is invaluable. Peter Drucker

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he beginning is the most important part of any work. Plato

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Quotes on Leadership and Business

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ou see things; and you say, “Why?””

But I dream things that never were and say, “Why not?””

George Bernard Shaw

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know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. Henry David Thoreau

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ailing to plan is a plan to fail. Effie Jones

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have learned that success is to be measured not so

much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T. Washington

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here is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs and that is the risk of doing nothing. Denis Waitley 20

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Quotes on Leadership and Business

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o accomplish great things, we must not only

act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

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ou can't build a reputation

on what you are going to do.

Henry Ford 21

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here is no such thing as can't, only won't.

If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change.

Jan Ashford

Leaders do not avoid, repress, or deny

conflict, but rather see it as an opportunity.

Warren Bennis 22

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Quotes on Leadership and Business

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f you donテ付 know where you are going,

you will probably end up somewhere else. Laurence J. Peter

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ar and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt 23

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F

ixing your objective is like identifying the

North Star-you sight your company on it

and then use it as a means of getting back on track when you tend to stray.

Marshall E. Dimock

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