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Remembering Dr. Stephen Covey

We’re pleased to bring you a guest post by Taavo Godtfredsen, Executive producer for the Skillsoft Leadership Development Channel™.

By Taavo Godtfredsen

I first heard the news of Stephen Covey’s passing while on the phone with a CEO who shared how he had just finished reading the seminal business book of our time The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People − which has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide since its debut in 1989 − for the third time. He shared with me how he reads The 7 Habits every 10 years and gets something different from the book each time to guide him.  After hanging up the phone, I sat quietly and reflected on the several occasions I was fortunate to collaborate with him for our Leadership Development Channel.  The first few interactions with him were for our live events and another, the most memorable, was flying to Provo, Utah to film him discussing each of the 8 Habits and The High Cost of Low Trust. These clips, year-in and year-out, continue to be our most viewed programs on our service and speak to just how timeless his principles truly are.

I will always remember Dr. Covey for someone who truly “practiced what he preached” and he was as brilliant as he was kind and had a wonderful tranquility about him. I believe what he has taught us the most, in business and in life, how we are truly the master of our own destiny, and we can choose to lead a life of principles.  I can see him now raising each of his arms, making a fist in each hand (one fist representing stimulus the other response), and slowly striking them together, and saying as he has many times before:

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.”

Dr. Covey will certainly be missed but his legacy will live on!

Learn more:

If you’re an LDC subscriber, login to view some of Dr. Covey’s most popular QuickTalks:

QuickTalks: Stephen Covey: Habit 1: Be Proactive

QuickTalks: Stephen Covey: Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

QuickTalks: Stephen Covey: Habit 3: Put First Things First

QuickTalks: Stephen Covey: Habit 4: Think Win/Win

QuickTalks: Stephen Covey: Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood

QuickTalks: Stephen Covey: Habit 6: Synergize

QuickTalks: Stephen Covey: Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

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