Stephen M.R. Covey | Best-Selling Author of The Speed of Trust, Top Business Advisor and Thought Leader on Ethics, Trust and Leadership

Stephen M.R. Covey

Best-Selling Author of The Speed of Trust, Top Business Advisor and Thought Leader on Ethics, Trust and Leadership

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Stephen M.R. Covey

Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder and CEO of CoveyLink Worldwide. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver—a learnable and measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing. He advocates that nothing is as fast as the speed of trust and that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. Covey passionately delivers that message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his informed, practical approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.

He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President & CEO. Under Covey’s direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President & CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries. This greatly increased the value of the brand and company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Covey was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.

Over the years, Covey has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO.

Covey currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities, including the Human Performance Institute—the leader in energy management technology—where he serves as Advisory Board Chairman.Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. 

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Business at the Speed of Trust

In this thought-provoking presentation, Stephen M. R. Covey challenges conventional wisdom about business. From his informed perspective as a highly successful CEO, he demonstrates how there are two important measures in business—SPEED and COST. The level of TRUST in an organization significantly effects this measurement. He will show how to increase your speed and lower your costs. How to turn a Trust Tax™ into a Trust Dividend™ and transform the way you do business on all levels.

Learn how great companies create cultures of high trust that produce extraordinary organizational dividends, enabling their firms to operate (unlike their competitors) at a different-in-kind “speed” in business. What do Wal-Mart, Berkshire Hathaway, and other great companies know about capitalizing on the matchless speed of high trust? How do companies convert the high Trust Taxes™ of low trust into the abundant Trust Dividends™? What can any influencer do, within any organizational setting, to likewise engage at this level of speed, benefits, and results?

Stephen teaches your organization to measure TRUST and understand that establishing, growing, extending, and restoring TRUST are the leadership competencies required in the new global economy. This will increase your business acumen and allow for better, faster, and more profitable decisions at all levels.

Leading at the Speed of Trust

“Leading at the SPEED of TRUST” practices significantly lower costs and increase speed, profits, and influence. In this fast-passed and engaging presentation, Stephen M. R. Covey dramatically demonstrates the leadership benefits of TRUST from the informed perspective of a CEO and teaches how to establish and grow a high-trust, high-performance organization.

Stephen M. R. Covey predicts that:

“The ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders–customers, suppliers, investors, and employees–is the critical leadership competency required in the new, global economy.”

TRUST, more important than VISION, you ask? Yes! No matter how grand a vision, the high cost of low trust can stop you from reaching it profitably.

TRUST, more important than STRATEGY? Yes! While high trust can‘t make a poor strategy succeed, the high cost of low trust can derail an otherwise great strategy.

TRUST, more important than SYSTEMS and STRUCTURE? Yes! No degree of re-engineering and quality control can overcome the sabotage and tax of a low trust culture.

TRUST, more important than SKILLS? Yes! No matter how skilled a group, the high cost of low trust can disrupt their potential success. Nothing repels talent like a high control, low trust workplace

We call it the “SPEED of TRUST™.” Leading at the SPEED of TRUST is both more financially rewarding AND just plain more fun and energizing. (And not just because of the money!)

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