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Stephen M. R. Covey


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Stephen M. R. Covey is a cofounder of FranklinCovey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice and CoveyLink. 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 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling 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. He and business partner Greg Link recently co-authored Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World,which shares enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organization that are achieving unprecedented success from high-trust relationships and cultures. Stephen advocates that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. He passionately delivers this message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust throughout the world. 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.


Greg Link


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Greg Link is a co-founder of FranklinCovey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice, CoveyLink, and the former Covey Leadership Center. A recognized authority on leadership, trust, sales, marketing, and high performance, Link is a sought-after adviser and speaker. His authentic, engaging style endears him to audiences at all levels, from senior executives to the front lines. He is a “business expert who speaks,” not a “speaker who theorizes.”

Link, his business partner Stephen M. R. Covey, and the team at The Speed of Trust Practice equip people and organizations to transform toxic relationships, teams, and organizational cultures and to harness high trust as a performance multiplier. Link convincingly challenges the age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and demonstrates that it is a hard-edged economic driver—a learnable, measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing.

As co-founder of the Covey Leadership Center, he orchestrated the strategy that led Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two best-selling business books of the 20th century according to CEO Magazine, selling over 20 million copies in 38 languages. He created the marketing momentum that helped propel Covey Leadership Center from a start-up company to a $110-plus million-dollar enterprise with offices in 40 countries before merging with Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.

He also led the Center’s international publishing success, resulting in partnerships with more than 30 publishers worldwide. This included making publishing history in Japan, leading the strategy that sold over one million copies of a foreign-language translation, nonfiction business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in Japanese. In addition, he was instrumental in formulating and executing one of the world’s largest international business satellite broadcasts with partners Lessons in Leadership and Fortune magazine.

Link has taught The Seven Habits, Principle Centered Leadership, and The Speed of Trust and advised executives at numerous leading enterprises, including Hewlett-Packard, the U.S. Navy, Sony, Chevron, IBM, Microsoft, Boeing, and many other well-known organizations. He is a trusted confidant to CEOs and other senior leadership. His business acumen and experience as a successful, real-world executive inform his presentations and make them uniquely relevant to clients and convention audiences alike.

Link and business partner Stephen M. R. Covey recently co-authored a new book, Wall Street Journal bestseller, Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World.

Link resides with his wife, Annie, on a quiet stream in the shadows of the Utah Rockies in Alpine, Utah.

Speed of Trust Speaker Stephen M R Covey

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