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Question: How Many Results do you get if you Google Stephen Covey?

Question: How Many Results do you get if you Google Stephen Covey?
18 July 2012 John Moore

You get about 23,200,000 Results which is an Indication of the Impact that Stephen Covey’s Work has Made in the World.

Read by millions, quoted by millions and used by millions of people around the world, Dr Stephen Covey certainly made his mark in the world.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People sold more than 20 million copies, and lead to a series of spin-off books, audio tapes and CDs.

Covey who died from complications from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident was one of the world’s foremost leadership authorities and organisational experts. Other best-sellers by Covey include ‘First Things First’, ‘Principle-Centered Leadershipand ‘The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.

As an indication of the importance and impact of his most famous book, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People‘, it was named one of the most influential management books by several organisations, including Time and Forbes magazines. The audio book is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, according to the website.

Named in 1996 as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, according to the biography, Covey “made teaching principle-centered living and principle-centered leadership his life’s work.”

Covey held a bachelor degree in business administration from the University of Utah, a masters in business administration from Harvard and a doctorate from Brigham Young University. He also received 10 honorary doctorate degrees, his biography said.

He founded the Covey Leadership Center which, in 1997, merged with Franklin Quest to create FranklinCovey Co. The company is a ‘global consulting and training leader in the areas of strategy execution, leadership, customer loyalty, sales performance, school transformation and individual effectiveness’, with 44 offices in 147 countries.

As a young manager, I remember reading Seven Habits. It is one of the few books that I have ever read cover to cover in one go. How many times I have subsequently read the book or sections of the book, I do not know.

Take a minute and share with us your reflections of Steven Covey by commenting below.

John Moore has over 20 years experience of training and developing Managers, Coaches, Consultants and businesses. As Managing Director of Exponential Training, John researches, speaks, blogs and writes about how to improve performance. He also designs and delivers engaging, fun and interactive learning programmes. John is a Fellow Chartered Manager and has worked with managers and organisations in over 20 different countries.


  1. Debbie Newman 8 years ago

    What a great loss. But what a great legacy for anyone to leave. I first came across ‘Seven Habits’ in the early 1990s and felt it as powerful then as now.

  2. Emmanuel Voufo 8 years ago

    “When you die,what positive words and compliments would you like to heard from people say at your funeral? Write all these words down and make your life principles based on them. You’ll then be a successful person”. That’s what I’ve learn from the book that John recommend me after CMCE training.
    StevenCovey will definitely be glad to see the way the whole world pay tribute to him.

  3. bridgett whyte 8 years ago

    Stephen Covey’s 7 habits has had a profound impact in my life. I have recommended his books to many people especially those who attend my training sessions. I also refer to the 7 habits, especially 1 & 2 and some of the stories from 7 habits of highly effective people when I facilitate goal setting. Dr. Covey epitomized big picture thinking with the use of right questions and brought the message to the masess.
    Great thanks and appreciation to a great leader. Rest in Peace Stephen Covey.

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