Stephen M. R. Covey: Biography highlights
Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world.
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Stephen M. R. Covey’s background
Stephen M. R. Covey is a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world.
Stephen personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. As President and CEO of Covey Leadership Center, Stephen nearly doubled revenues while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries, greatly increasing the value of the brand and enterprise. The company was valued at $2.4 million when Stephen was named CEO, and, within three years, he had grown shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.
Stephen co-founded CoveyLink, a consulting practice, which focuses on enabling leaders and organizations to increase and leverage trust to achieve superior performance.
Stephen recently merged CoveyLink with FranklinCovey, forming the Global Speed of Trust Practice, where Stephen serves as Global Practice Leader.
Watch Stephen in action
Covey convincingly validates our experience at Dell-that trust has a bottomline impact on results and that when trust goes up, speed goes up while costs come down.'
Women Are From Venus
'Those relationships that will stand the test of time are built upon a foundation of enduring trust. Covey gives us the blueprint for learning how to apply this principle with the important people in our lives.'
'Covey brilliantly focuses on that overlooked bedrock of democratic capitalism-trust. Like the air we breathe, we too often take this critical intangible for granted. As Covey makes clear, we do so at our ultimate competitive peril.'
The West Paces Hotel Group
'In life and business, relationships are important-but they are empty unless they are established and based upon trust. It is amazing how Stephen M. R. Covey establishes the essence of what trust is and how it can be established and kept.'
Stephen's speaking topics
Business at the speed of trust
In this thought-provoking presentation, Stephen M. R. Covey challenges conventional wisdom about business. From his informed perspective as a highly successful CEO, he demonstrates how there are two important measures in business—SPEED and COST. The level of TRUST in an organization significantly effects this measurement. He will show how to increase your speed and lower your costs. How to turn a Trust Tax™ into a Trust Dividend™ and transform the way you do business on all levels.
Learn how great companies create cultures of high trust that produce extraordinary organizational dividends, enabling their firms to operate (unlike their competitors) at a different-in-kind “speed” in business. What do Wal-Mart, Berkshire Hathaway, and other great companies know about capitalizing on the matchless speed of high trust? How do companies convert the high Trust Taxes™ of low trust into the abundant Trust Dividends™? What can any influencer do, within any organizational setting, to likewise engage at this level of speed, benefits, and results?
Stephen teaches your organization to measure TRUST and understand that establishing, growing, extending, and restoring TRUST are the leadership competencies required in the new global economy. This will increase your business acumen and allow for better, faster, and more profitable decisions at all levels.
The Trust Tax Vs. The Trust Dividend
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Leading at the speed of trust
“Leading at the SPEED of TRUST” practices significantly lower costs and increase speed, profits, and influence. In this fast-passed and engaging presentation, Stephen M. R. Covey dramatically demonstrates the leadership benefits of TRUST from the informed perspective of a CEO and teaches how to establish and grow a high-trust, high-performance organization.
Stephen M. R. Covey predicts that:
“The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders–customers, suppliers, investors, and employees–is the critical leadership competency required in the new, global economy.”
TRUST, more important than VISION, you ask? Yes! No matter how grand a vision, the high cost of low trust can stop you from reaching it profitably.
TRUST, more important than STRATEGY? Yes! While high trust can‘t make a poor strategy succeed, the high cost of low trust can derail an otherwise great strategy.
TRUST, more important than SYSTEMS and STRUCTURE? Yes! No degree of re-engineering and quality control can overcome the sabotage and tax of a low trust culture.
TRUST, more important than SKILLS? Yes! No matter how skilled a group, the high cost of low trust can disrupt their potential success. Nothing repels talent like a high control, low trust workplace
We call it the “SPEED of TRUST™.” Leading at the SPEED of TRUST is both more financially rewarding AND just plain more fun and energizing. (And not just because of the money!)
The 14 behaviors of a high trust leader
What separates the great leaders from the good ones? What makes a manager a manager of choice by his reports, peers, and boss? While there are many elements to these questions, there is one common thread throughout—that of being a leader who can be trusted.
Stephen M. R. Covey, informed by his experience as the successful CEO of a $100 million-dollar company, identifies the 13 critical behaviors of a High Trust Leader in this engaging presentation. In his vintage, no nonsense style, he candidly and enthusiastically teaches these behaviors to participants.
These career critical behaviors insure success in this difficult new economy. Leaders that manifest these traits have a marked advantage over their competitors. High trust leaders attract and retain hard-to-find talent that amplifies their effectiveness and competitive advantage.
Organizations and teams that expect high performance must master these skills and make high trust leadership an explicit competency for hiring and promotional selections. Those that do will experience the dividends of Leading at the SPEED of TRUST™.