Episode 017 – Stephen M.R. Covey: Best Selling Leadership Author of “The Speed of Trust” & “Smart Trust”
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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, 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 then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.
A Harvard MBA, Stephen co-founded his own boutique firm—CoveyLink—which is a learning and consulting practice focused on enabling leaders and organizations to increase and leverage trust to achieve superior performance.
Stephen recently merged CoveyLink back with FranklinCovey again, forming the Global Speed of Trust Practice, where Stephen serves as Global Practice Leader.