Sen. Lee comments on passing of Stephen Covey

ST. GEORGE – Today, Sen. Mike Lee made the following comments regarding the passing of best-selling author Stephen Covey:

“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Stephen Covey, who passed away this morning at age 79 in Idaho Falls. He was loved and respected by many and will most certainly be missed,” Lee said. “He was an inspiration to millions, a revolutionary problem solver, and an icon for business managers everywhere.  It is impossible to calculate the immense amount of good that Stephen Covey did for so many people. His insight helped to shape the future of an untold number of businesses, resulting in better jobs and indeed better lives for people around the world.”

Covey was most well known for his 1989 book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” He would go on to publish a series of books related to the “seven habits” theme, and sold more than 20 million copies in total. In 1996, Time magazine named him one of the 25 most influential Americans, and in 2011, Time magazine listed Seven Habits as one of the 25 most influential business management books. 2011 also saw Covey named as one of Thinkers50’s top 50 business leaders in the world.

Covey earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Utah, an MBA from Harvard, and a doctorate in religious education from BYU. He applied his business acumen to a long list of companies and government agencies, including Saturn, Proctor & Gamble, NASA, and the American Cancer society.

Covey also founded the Covey Leadership Center, based in Orem, Utah. The center expanded to 40 offices worldwide, and sold books, videos, tapes, conferences, and training to countless businesses before merging with Franklin Quest to become FranklinCovey.


Submitted by the Offices of Sen. Mike Lee

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  • Murat July 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I read his 7 Habits book and it wasn’t very good. He was, however, an excellent businessman and even if it was lame, there are at least 2,000 forests that are now in the form of that book, which we can thank for a 5% depletion of the earth’s oxygen content. His books are everywhere. I once ran a thrift store and we got so many of these books that I decided to just bring them back to my small cabin community as fuel. They still see us through the harsh mountain winters.

  • Robbie Everett July 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Murat, millions thought otherwise. I sure hope you have a legacy to leave and loved ones to carry it forward when you pass. I sure hope that there are those who will also morn your passing and long to champion the cause and mark that you have left on this world…

  • Steve Friederang July 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    He was an amazing man with an amazing legacy. Murat, you might think about how to find warmth on the inside as you burn books that teach you there is something more important than you, but still of great value to you personally. Nine children who all are doing something important with their lives in serving others. Presidents in many countries call on him to help them clarify their reason for being here. He had a personal impact on me, my business and my family and has bridged the gap between the etherial and the practical in terms of faith and a passion for caring for people enough to make a significant difference.

    Stephen Covey will be certainly missed and has most assuredly left a great legacy. I pray he’s in heaven.

  • Richard Gozzinia July 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I bet Covey would not have approved of Mike Lee abandoning on his mortgage and letting the bank eat the loss.

  • Jocky July 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

    So sad that he’s gone. His 7 habits book was one of the first self-development books I ever read. He touched millions of lives. May his soul rest in peace.

  • lydia July 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Murat never has anything nice to say about anything.Some people have nothing better to do than complain about everything.

    • Murat July 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Why are you so negative, lydia?

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