"7 Habits of Highly Effective People" author, Stephen Covey, dies

SALMON, Idaho Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:42pm EDT

Stephen Covey, author of the top-selling motivational book ''The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,'' is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Franklin Coveyl/Handout

Stephen Covey, author of the top-selling motivational book ''The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,'' is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters July 16, 2012.

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SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Stephen R. Covey, author of the top-selling motivational book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," died on Monday at an Idaho hospital from injuries he suffered in a bicycle accident in April, family members said in a statement. He was 79.

Covey, who would have turned 80 in October, was founder of a Salt Lake City-based business that evolved into FranklinCovey, a multimillion-dollar corporate consulting, training and publication enterprise, according to the firm's website.

Covey, who earned a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and a doctorate from Utah's Brigham Young University, shot to fame with the 1989 publication of "7 Habits," his self-help guide to success in business.

He went on to write several other bestsellers about business management, including "Principle-Centered Leadership," became a favorite motivational speaker on the Fortune 100 circuit and served as a personal consultant to organizations ranging from Procter & Gamble to NASA.

Covey was named one of the world's top 50 business thinkers in 2011 by Thinkers50, a group that compiles that list every other year.

He died at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls "due to the residual effects of a bike accident he suffered this past April," his family said in its statement.

In his final hours, Covey was surrounded "by his loving wife and each one of his children and their spouses, as we sang him his favorite hymns, just as he always wanted," the family statement said.

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman; Editing by Steve Gorman, Cynthia Johnston and Vicki Allen)

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Comments (6)
i loved his book so much… rest in peace…

Jul 16, 2012 3:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Robert_J wrote:
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Psalm 116:15

Jul 16, 2012 3:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
milodakota wrote:
I knew Covey before his “Habits” became quoted the world over. When I predicted his success, he was disbelieving. I was delighted to prove him wrong and hope he is rejoicing in the knowledge that his legacy of wisdom will enrich the world of business executives for generations. In honor of Covey, I’d like to predict the success of a new voice: Raz Silberman.
Rest in peace (and prosperity.

Jul 16, 2012 4:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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