Stephen Covey, one of the world’s foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts and thought leaders, passed away yesterday. However, the ideas from the sage including the landmark “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” as well as “First Things First,” “Principle-Centered Leadership,” and “The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness” will live on. In my eyes, “The 7 Habits” is as close to management canon as “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” For information on the life of Mr. Covey click here and for an excellent tribute by Tom Peters in The Washington Post, click here.
It was Mr. Covey’s “First Things First” is what I will remember him most by as his “Big Rocks First” parable (click here) not only got me though my Ph.D. program, but also is a critical principle of my day-to-day time management.