Tribute: Dr Stephen Covey

Tribute: Stephen Covey

Last week, we lost one of the great thought leaders of the last 50 years. Stephen Covey will be remembered mainly for his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which sold millions around the world and is a template for many organisations both large and small.

His work has dramatically affected the way we think about leadership, personal effectiveness, managing our time and managing others.

He was the first to unpack what it is to be “effective” and put it into a way that everyone could access, use and re-use time and again. His work in this area used rigorous academic tests and observations to compile his thesis.

Above all, it is his use of very insightful and yet simple phrases to get his message across, such as “Put First Things First” when prioritising your work I will remember most. He also included such concepts such as The Pareto Principle, 80% of your results come from 20% of your actions.

I use many of his ideas in my own leadership workshops because they are insightful: they never go out of fashion and have a lasting effect upon many who are new to some of the principles.

RIP Dr Covey

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