Monday, July 16, 2012

Stephen Covey author "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Died Today

I'm so sorry he won't be here to write anymore books for us. I loved this work. I read and re read his wildly popular 7 Habits of Highly Effective People so many times.

'7 Habits' author Stephen Covey dead at 79

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 1:45 PM EDT, Mon July 16, 2012
Stephen R. Covey, author of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People," has died.

  • Stephen Covey died early Monday at an Idaho hospital
  • Death was from effects stemming from an April bicycle accident, his family says
  • He was a co-founder of FranklinCovey Co.
(CNN) -- Author Stephen Covey, whose "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" sold more than 20 million copies, died Monday at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. He was 79.
Covey's family issued a statement, reported by CNN affiliate KSL, saying he died from residual effects of an April bicycle accident.
"In his final hours, he was surrounded by his loving wife and each one (of) his children and their spouses, just as he always wanted," the statement said, according to KSL.
Covey was "one of the world's foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts and thought leaders," according to a biography posted on the website of his 2011 book, "The 3rd Alternative."
Other best-sellers by Covey include "First Things First," "Principle-Centered Leadership," and "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness," according to the biography.
"The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People" has been named one of the most influential management books by several organizations, including Time and Forbes magazines. The audio book is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, according to the website.
Once named 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's degree in business administration from the University of Utah, a master's in business administration from Harvard and a doctorate from Brigham Young University. He also received 10 honorary doctorate degrees, his biography said.
He founded 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, according to the website.
In 2010, Covey joined Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business faculty as a tenured full professor, the biography said.
Covey and his wife, Sandra, lived in Provo, Utah. He was a father of nine, a grandfather of 52 and a great-grandfather of two, according to the website.


  1. So saddened to hear of this man's passing. Talk about one voice changing millions of lives. A kind, gentle, intellectual giant who I had the pleasure of meeting on two occasions. He will be missed. Thank you Stephen for your words of wisdom and your positive outlook.

  2. Thank you Stephen for sharing your insight and wisdom with so many. We have all been blessed to have crossed paths with you!!!

  3. His teachings have made a monumental difference in how I live my life even 20 years after I took his course. Thank you Steven and blessing upon your family dealing with your loss

  4. Deeply saddened indeed! A major loss to the world, but what an impressive legacy he has left behind! He lived his teachings to the fullest: live, love, learn and leave a legacy...

  5. Deeply saddened indeed! A major loss to the world, but what an impressive legacy he has left behind! He lived his teachings to the fullest: live, love, learn and leave a legacy...

  6. Deeply saddened by the news. But his legacy will live on. May the departed soul rest in peace