"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" author dies

Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:05pm EDT
 
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By Laura Zuckerman

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Stephen R. Covey, author of the bestselling motivational book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," died on Monday at an Idaho hospital from injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident in April, family members said in a statement. He was 79.

Covey, a former professor at Brigham Young University in Utah, founded an executive training center in Salt Lake City that merged in 1997 with Franklin Quest Co to form FranklinCovey, a leading provider of time-management seminars and publications.

The publicly traded company is perhaps best known for its line of Franklin Planner appointment calendars, which it markets along with books, workshops and other products based on its "Franklin System" of business management and Covey's "7 Habits" principles.

Covey, a Salt Lake City native, earned a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and a doctorate from Brigham Young.

But it was his seminal self-help guide to success in business, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change," published in 1989, that made Covey a brand name.

He went on to write several more bestsellers about business management, including "Principle-Centered Leadership," became a favorite motivational speaker on the Fortune 100 circuit and served as a personal consultant to organizations ranging from Procter & Gamble to NASA.

Covey was recognized in 1996 as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans, and was named among the world's top 50 business thinkers in 2011 by Thinkers50, a group that compiles that list every other year.

His "7 Habits" title has sold more than 20 million books in 38 languages worldwide, and the audio version has sold over 2 million copies, more than any nonfiction book ever released on tape, according to publisher Simon & Schuster.   Continued...

 
Stephen Covey, author of the top-selling motivational book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Franklin Coveyl/Handout