Remembrances of Stephen R. Covey

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Stephen R. Covey died yesterday. His NY Times obituary, "Stephen R. Covey, Herald of Good Habits, Dies at 79," listed his many accomplishments. Chief among them is, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, one of the most influential books of all time.

Other posts and articles recalled how Covey's work, and 7 Habits in particular affected individual lives and careers. Steve Pavlina's post, "RIP Stephen Covey," described that impact on Steve's life and work. He said well what many of us thought when we heard about Covey's death.

Those posts and articles tell us about what Stephen R. Covey accomplished and, in that sense, aren't much different from the RIP posts of other influential people. But there was something more among the standard obits and remembrances.

Larry Miller's "Stephen R. Covey, R.I.P." describes his personal contact with the man. Two other articles, both in the Washington Post, described Stephen R. Covey, the human being. I urge you to read them both in full.

Tom Peters begins his remembrance, "A tribute to Stephen Covey, from one leadership sage to another ," with this:

"Let’s forget the content of his books. Or the gazillions of copies The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, or any of his others books for that matter, have sold around the world. Let’s forget his memorable seminars—and his business success. One simply cannot pay tribute to Stephen Covey without saying at the outset that he was a lovely human being."

And Clay Christensen ends "My story about Stephen Covey — fellow Mormon, teacher and friend " with this:

"I am grateful for this man, but I will not miss him. He will continue to be with me every day, though the things that he taught me to do."

My father used to say that you're alive as long as they tell stories about you. By that standard, Stephen R. Covey will be alive for a long, long time.

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