I am deeply saddened by the passing of Stephen Covey. I believe that Covey’s most significant contribution to our culture is his commitment to the ethical and moral dimension of effectiveness. At some point in his writings (I can’t find where, but I can hear it over and over again in my 7 Habits Book on Tape), Covey contrasts his approach with Dale Carnegie’s. He writes that (and I’m paraphrasing here because I can’t find the source right now) Carnegie wrote about How to Win Friends and Influence People – how to get what you want out of life. Covey dug much deeper to write about how to become a good person, someone worthy of winning friends and influencing people.
For example, in Seven Habits, Covey writes:
“When we make withdrawals from the Emotional Bank Account, we need to apologize and we need to do it sincerely. Great deposits come…
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