Self-Help Guru Covey Dies At 79 After Bike Accident

Jul 17, 2012
Originally published on July 17, 2012 10:17 am



Today's last word in business could be several things: abundance mentality or win-win.


Or maybe sharpening the saw. Those are all aspects of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." The author of that business Bible died yesterday. Stephen Covey was 79.

MONTAGNE: He wrote "The 7 Habits" in 1989. Years later, Covey appeared on this program. He was asked what skills of leader should have.


STEPHEN COVEY: The person should have a sense of vision, a sense of larger thinking about the long run and about the whole picture, and about the values that they want to live by and the purposes they want to go after.

INSKEEP: That brings to mind one of his other mantras: begin with the end in mind. Stephen Covey asked readers to visualize their own funerals, to imagine what difference they'd made in the lives of those in attendance. Covey will be remembered for a book that has sold more than 20 million copies.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.