Monday, February 19, 2007
Stephen R. Covey
In 1996, Stephen R. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top 25 power brokers.
Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, with sales exceeding one million, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.Dr. Covey’s newest book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, which was released in November 2004, has risen to the top of several bestseller lists, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today Money, Business Week, and Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. The 8th Habit has sold more than 360,000 copies.
In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever. A survey by Chief Executive Magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook on tape is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, selling more than 1.5 million copies. Over two million copies of First Things First have been sold. Simon & Schuster expressed the opinion, "...First Things First is the best-selling time management book ever." Dr. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families was released in October 1997 and ranked fourth on the New York Times list within three months of its release date. It is the No. 1 best-selling hardcover book on family.
Dr. Covey's organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger of Covey Leadership Center with Franklin Quest created FranklinCovey. Dr. Covey's vision of empowering organizations to implement "principle-centered" leadership in their cultures continues to be an important focus of FranklinCovey.
Dr. Covey is cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey’s vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world.
Dr. Covey earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, his MBA from Harvard, and completed his doctorate at Brigham Young University. While at Brigham Young University, he served as assistant to the president and was also a professor of business management and organizational behavior.
Dr. Covey currently serves on the board of directors for the Points of Light Foundation. Based in Washington, D.C., the Foundation, through its partnership with the Volunteer Center National Network, engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers from all walks of life—businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults—to help solve serious social problems in thousands of communities.
2003 National Fatherhood Award: As the father of 9 and grandfather of 44, Dr. Covey received the National Fatherhood Award, which he says is the most meaningful award he has ever received.
Each year since 1997, the Fatherhood Awards have been presented to individuals, corporations, and organizations that significantly contribute through their work or personal lives to strengthening involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood. Past Fatherhood Awardees include James Earl Jones, Tom Selleck, Stephen Collins, Tim McGraw, and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.
1999 Speaker of the Year Award
1998 Sikh International Man of Peace Award
1994 International Entrepreneur of the Year Award, National Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership
1990 Thomas More College Medallion
Dr. Covey was awarded the first Thomas More College Medallion for continued service to humanity. The Honors Leadership Seminar at Thomas More College includes a component based on Dr. Covey's approach "principle-centered leadership" concepts.
Dr. Covey has been awarded eight honorary doctorate degrees.