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Monday, July 23, 2012

Steven R. Covey

Stephen R. Covey, the motivational author and speaker whose 1989 book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" became a monumental best seller in print and audio formats, died July 16 in Idaho at the age of 79. "Seven Habits" spent five years on the non-fiction book lists of many publications and has been labeled by Forbes magazine among the top ten all-time business management volumes. Covey's call for proactiveness, thinking "win-win," beginning with the end in mind and undergoing frequent self-renewal led Time magazine in 1996 to call the Utah native one of the 25 most influential Americans, an honor echoed by many including former President Bill Clinton and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

A devout Mormon, Covey's approach grew out of a self-help course taught at Brigham Young University which eventually evolved into a private business. That company eventually merged with another to become Franklin Covey which specializes in time management, training and consulting. Franklin Covey now operates in 50 nations and last year grossed over $160 million in sales.

Stephen Covey is survived by his wife, nine children and fifty grandchildren. Merrick Library has the following books by Mr. Covey in the nonfiction collection:

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life

Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems

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