PofE 022: How Stephen Covey Helped Me Achieve A Work-Life Balance

"The effect of one upright individual is incalculable." -Oscar Arias

"When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally"  -Lao-Tzu


His Life

  • Born October 24, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Grandson of Stephen Mack Covey, founder of Little America.
  • Earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in business administration from the University of


  • Earned an MBA from Harvard.
  • Earned a Doctor of Religious Education from Brigham Young University.
  • Member of Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity.
  • Over the span of his life, he sold over 20 million books in 38 languages.
  • Received the International Man of Peace Award.
  • National Fatherhood Award – had nine children and forty-four grandchildren.
  • Co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey.
  • Received the International Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
  • Received eight honorary doctorate degrees.
  • He was a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and he served on
    a two-year mission in England because of that. Served as first president of the
    Irish mission in 1962.
  • Died from complications from a fall in April on July 16, 2012.

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 Things I learned from Stephen Covey in 1992 that change my work-life balance paradigm:

  • Be clear about my value and principles. They will control my behavior.
  • Big Rocks are my priority!
  • Be proactive; don't wait for someone to tell you what to do.
  • Have a written mission statement, values and goals that I review regularly. Begin with the End in Mind.
  • Value the compass more than the clock.
  • Review my week for lessons learned and plan for the next seven days in detail every week.
  • Focus on what's important more than what's urgent and not important. Live a quadrant 2 life style.

SCovery matrix

  • Do something important in every role each week (i.e. husband, father, extended family member, teacher at church, consultant, musician, friend, writer, and speaker). 
  • Learn to enjoy the journey while achieving the goal.
  • Obey the Law of the Farm; you can't cram on the farm or any other natural system.
  • Educate my conscience by learning, listening and responding.
  • Put first things first.
  • You can't be efficient with people, only effective.
  • Make sure my personal and professional ladder is leaning against the right wall.
  • Focus on my circle of influence and pray about my circle of concerns. The more I focus on what I can influence the smaller my concerns will become.



  • Never forget to sharpen the saw or to be too busy driving that I can't stop for gas.
  • Think Win-Win.
  • Value other peoples differences. Think Synergistically.
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood. (This one is hard to live but I'm still working at it).
  • Remember the secret of the Chinese Bamboo: You have to go deep before you go up.

What lessons have you learned from Dr. Covey? I would love to hear from you.





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