|Vice Chairman and Co Founder,|
Franklin Covey Company
Dr. Stephen R. Covey is co-founder/vice-chairman of Franklin Covey Company, a leading global professional services firm. Franklin Covey offers learning and performance solutions to assist professionals and organizations in significantly increasing their effectiveness in productivity, leadership, communications and sales. 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 33 languages throughout the world. The book's message has created lasting impact – its sales keeping it on numerous bestseller lists for years. Dr. Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, and organization consultant. He has made teaching principle-centered living and principle-centered leadership his life's work.
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. Merril, doubled the first-year hardcover sales of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in the same time period. 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. His newest books are, The Nature of Leadership, co-authored with Roger Merrill and Dewitt Jones, and Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration.
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 give 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 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 3,500 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.
Not only are Stephen Covey's books and tapes inspirational to millions of people, but his speeches serve as rallying sessions for better, more efficient lifestyles and work habits.