News — December 16, 2002

Dr. Stephen R. Covey Inspired Delegates in Las Vegas

On November 25, 2002, during the JCI World Congress in Las Vegas, Dr. Stephen R. Covey spoke first at the TOYP luncheon and later during the second General Assembly meeting, where he delivered his keynote speech. At the TOYP luncheon, Dr. Covey helped TOYP honorees, delegates and guests develop a deeper appreciation for Junior Chamber principles and Creed as he stressed how noble and effective the tenets of our JCI Creed are in today?s world.
Keynote Speech Numerous delegates took advantage of Dr. Covey?s keynote speech to learn about the habits of the world?s most successful people. One of America's most sought-after speakers and consultants, Stephen R. Covey identified the 7 habits and provided powerful advice that will help our members become more effective, and live happier and more fulfilled lives. During his keynote speech, Dr. Covey aimed at ?communicating people?s worth and potential so clearly that they would be inspired to see it in themselves." ?It all begins within oneself,? he pointed out. ?Behavior is governed by values; consequences are governed by principles. Therefore, value principles.? He listed the principles embodied in the ?7 Habits?: 1. Be Proactive: Responsibility and Initiative 2. Begin with the End in Mind: Vision and Values 3. Put First Things First: Integrity and Execution 4. Think Win-Win: Mutual Respect and Benefit 5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Mutual Understanding 6. Synergize: Creative Cooperation 7. Sharpen the Saw: Renewal Self-growth Through Paradigm Change Dr. Covey explained that a paradigm is like a mental model, an assumption, or a map, and that to achieve personal growth, a paradigm shift is needed??Every great breakthrough is a break WITH. If you want to make minor improvements, work on behavior and attitudes. If you want to make quantum improvements, work on paradigms.? Who is Dr. Stephen Covey? With his pioneering work in Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen R. Covey is widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading authorities on empowerment. Thousands of organizations worldwide--including two thirds of the Fortune 500--have adopted his innovative techniques on quality, leadership, innovation, trust, teamwork, customer-focused service and organizational alignment. He is the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, ranked as a No. 1 best-seller by the New York Times, having sold more than 12 million copies in 32 languages and 75 countries throughout the world. The book's message has created lasting impact, its sales keeping it on numerous best-seller lists for more than five years running. Dr. Covey received an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate from Brigham Young University, where he was professor of organizational behavior and business management. His many awards include the Thomas More College Medallion for continued service to humanity and the Mc-Feely Award from the International Management Council for significant contributions to management and education. Dr. Stephen R. Covey is co-founder/co-chairman of FranklinCovey Company, the largest management and leadership development organization in the world, dedicated to Dr. Covey's vision of empowering organizations to implement principle-centered leadership in their cultures. Principle-Centered Quotes Here are three motivating quotes mentioned as part of Dr. Covey's presentation: In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, I think it is very probable that the most important event these historians will see is not technology, it is not the Internet, it is not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time?and I mean that literally?substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves? ?Peter Drucker The person who focuses on efforts and who stresses his or her downward authority is a subordinate no matter how exalted his or her title and rank. But the person who focuses on contribution and takes responsibility for results, no matter how junior, is in the most literal sense of the phrase "top management." ?Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive, 1966. Excerpt taken from Business Think by Dave Marcum and Steve Smith This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish, little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege?my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I?ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. ?George Bernard Shaw
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