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Dr. Stephen R. Covey

Dr. Stephen R. Covey is co-founder/co-chairman of Franklin Covey Company, the largest management and leadership development organization in the world.

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Dr. Covey is perhaps best known as the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is ranked as a No. 1 best-seller by the New York Times, having sold more than 12 million copies in 32 languages and 75 countries throughout the world. The book's message has created lasting impact, its sales keeping it on numerous best-seller lists for more than five years running.

A recent survey by Chief Executive Magazine named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century. Dr. Covey also authored the book, Principle-Centered Leadership.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audio book on tape is the first non-fiction audio in history to sell over one million copies in the United States.

First Things First, co-authored with A. Roger and Rebecca R. Merrill, achieved double the hard-cover sales in its first year than did The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People produced in the same time period. Simon & Schuster expressed the opinion that First Things First is the best-selling time management book ever.

Dr. Covey's newest 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.

Dr. Covey is the recipient of the Thomas More College Medallion for continuing service to humanity and has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees. Other awards given Dr. Covey include the Sikh's 1998 International Man of Peace Award, the 1994 International Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Inc Magazine's Services Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and, in 1996, the National Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He has also recently been 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 currently serving on the board of directors for the Points of Light Foundation.

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's organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger with Franklin Quest created the new Franklin Covey Company with over 4,300 employees and $500 million in annual revenue. Dr. Covey's vision of empowering organizations to implement principle-centered leadership in their cultures will continue to be an important focus of the Franklin Covey Company.

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